Going to college is going to be one of the most exciting times of your life. What’s even better is that soon you’re going to be getting your very own place! You’ll be able to do whatever you want there, have whoever you want over, and you can have whatever you want in it.
But, before you get too excited, there are some things that you should consider about the place you might be moving into.
1. Make sure you can afford to pay the rent!
A lot of young people move into a place without really considering how they’re going to afford it. Often, these poor fellows wind up falling behind in their rent and wind up having to break their lease.
You never want to break your lease, because future landlords might not let you live in their house or apartment if they think you can’t be depended on to honor your lease agreement.
2. Check the condition of the place you’re moving into.
When you move into your new place, make sure that nothing there is damaged. If you walk in and you see broken tiles, peeling wallpaper, or damaged appliances, it means that your landlord is cheap and doesn’t care about the place.
This means that if you ever have problems, such as a plumbing emergency, you won’t be getting it fixed in a timely manner.
If you do have to move into such a place because you are on a tight budget, photograph and document everything wrong with it before you sign the lease.
You do not want to have to pay for the damage someone else did.
3. Is it clean?
Another thing you should check for is cleanliness. Nothing sucks more than living in a roach-infested house or apartment, because you’re going to be stuck with the roaches for as long as your lease agreement says.
When you enter the house or apartment you are thinking about buying, check the drains, cabinets, and the crawl spaces. If you see roaches, or any other vermin, don’t sign the lease.
4. Do you have good neighbors?
Make sure that your neighbors aren’t sketchy. You can do these several ways, but the best way to do this is by wisely choosing which neighborhood you’re going to live in.
If the area of the city your apartment is in has a high crime rate, chances are your neighbors are going to suck.
5. Choose a roommate carefully
When I was in college I never had a roommate because I made enough money to afford my own place. But I heard plenty of horror stories from people who did have bad roommates.
Some of my friends moved in with people who did not pay their rent and others had roommates who did drugs or were unsatisfactory in some other way.
Believe me, you do not want to live with someone like that, because not only are they difficult to live with, but if they are doing something illegal in your place you might get arrested.
When finding potential roommates choose someone of good character.
Also, in order to have a good relationship with your roommate, don’t be a bad roommate. Clean up after yourself, don’t be loud, and don’t bring people over at odd hours of the night.
Your college years are going to be a great experience for you, but they can also be very stressful. College is not just about partying and experimenting; it involves long hours of studying and hard work.
Don’t add to your level of stress by making a bad decision about where you’re going to live.