Renting your first apartment should be many things: exciting, fun, satisfying and maybe a little nerve-racking but never confusing, frustrating or scary! Here are 5 things we wish we knew before renting our first apartments:

1. You may not get your first pick

The real estate market can be competitive, especially if you’re renting during the busy season of April – August. While there’s a good chance you‘ll get the apartment you apply for, there is always the small risk someone submitted an application before you.


 2. There will be fees

The fees are real, my friends. Fees will vary by landlord/property owners, so make sure to ask your real estate agent what you’ll have to pay such as application fees, move-in fees, pet fees and more.


 3. Questions are necessary

Being new to the renting experience, I was timid to ask questions about the unit and the neighborhood, but soon realized it was necessary. No matter how little or silly you make think the question is, swallow your pride and ask away!


 4. Moving will be a hassle…

… and potentially expensive. Movers often come with a hefty price tag, so do your research and check with family and friends to see if they can help as well. If you’re moving on a popular weekend (i.e. June 1) make sure to book your movers far enough in advance as their schedules fill up quickly.

P.S – Spaces renters qualify for discounts with certain moving companies!

 5. You’ll probably have to sacrifice something

Unless your budget is unlimited, there is a good chance you won’t be able to get every single thing on your checklist. It’s smart to talk with your real estate agent and prioritize the amenities you refuse to negotiate on. Is space your number one criteria? Or are you open to something smaller but in a better location?