Apartment Amenities

Pathfinder, as a seasoned apartment location service has put together a list of amenities that should be considered in your search. We hope this checklist introduces items that you may not have otherwise considered:

  • All bills paid (this is extremely rare these days). When budgeting for your housing expense, you should always factor in the cost for water, sewage, electricity, gas, cable and internet access.  The amount of the rent does not usually include utilities and just like the rent, they will come due, every month.
  • Location – What does your daily work commute look like?  Are you in close proximity to family and friends or places you like to visit?
  • Ist, 2nd or 3rd floor availability. 
  • Does the apartment have washer and dryer hookups? Ask yourself this again when doing two weeks of laundry at the local laundry mat.
  • Does the apartment allow pets?  What are the costs associated with keeping a pet in your apartment?  If you own a pet or intend to, don’t ever sign a lease without a thorough investigation of the apartment’s pet policies.
  • Assigned and/or covered parking including parking garages.
  • Microwave
  • Ceiling fans
  • Playgrounds, swimming pools and other outdoor amenities
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Total square footage
  • Apartment view.  Does the apartment have a balcony or patio?
  • Is it a gated community?  Do they monitor the gates?
  • Check the ratings.  What has been the experience of others

These are all important considerations in discovering your perfect place.  Making the right decision will make your life so much more enjoyable.  Happy Hunting!

Pathfinder Apartment Locators has been serving the Houston and surrounding areas for over 15 years.  They bring their expertise to you as a free service.  Properties in the area rely on Pathfinder to help fill their vacancies, therefore, the best prices and specials are available to YOU through Pathfinder!!  With your requirements for the perfect residence In mind, the friendly and professional real estate agents will contact area properties best suited for you needs.  You will be provided information on vacancies, prices, deposits, current specials and MUCH more.

Apartment Poor?

Have you ever heard the term house poor?  That’s where someone buys so much house that they can’t afford to furnish it, to maintain it, or even to enjoy life.  Generally, apartments with more amenities come with higher rents which bring me to the most important question?  Can I afford to live here?  Nothing will steal your joy faster than the first of the month when rent is due and you can’t cover it.  You can’t live n peace when you constantly have to make special arrangements or work a lot of overtime just to make ends meet.  We at Pathfinder Apartment Locators encourage you to do the math, you will thank us later.  

Roughly one third of your income should be budgeted for your rent and housing expense.  The takes discipline and knowledge of the area where you intend to live and a list of amenities in order of importance.  A good article on the subject can be found here at thebalance.com.  Always keep in mind, as you are searching for the perfect to live, that you have the ability to make any place your own.  .

If you are just starting out, a great way to defray these costs and to live in a really nice place is to take on a roommate.  Not to get too far off topic but choosing a roommate is more than just getting an apartment with your best friend.  You may like hanging out with your friend, but the objective is to keep the friend and your peace.  Stay tuned for a future blog on choosing the right roommate.

Your Perfect Place

There are many advantages to apartment living like no maintenance, no long-term commitments, and the flexibility to move without too much pain if life calls you to.  More than anything, you need a place that is your own personal sanctuary.  A place of convenience and relaxation; a place where you can enjoy family, friends, and your life.

Over the next several months we will embark on a series of valuable tips and advice on how to make all of this possible and how to make your apartment living experience a good one, filled with and abundance of fond memories and experiences.