Must-Have Amenities for Your Next Apartment

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As a renter, you are going to get what you pay for in terms of amenities. Apartment buildings that come with a fitness center and a swimming pool and a front-desk concierge tend to charge more than a landlord with a basement for rent that doesn't come with anything.
According to Apartments.com, these were the most searched for amenities by renters in order of popularity.
Let's walk through

 

As a renter, you are going to get what you pay for in terms of amenities. Apartment buildings that come with a fitness center and a swimming pool and a front-desk concierge tend to charge more than a landlord with a basement for rent that doesn't come with anything.

According to Apartments.com, these were the most searched for amenities by renters in order of popularity.

Let's walk through them and think about how important they may or may not be in your case.

 

 

1. Air Conditioning: This seems like it shouldn't have to be an amenity unless you live in Alaska, but some properties either don't have central air conditioning or they need you to bring your own window unit. Particularly in the Western part of the United States, you may be able to get by with a fan, but like most renters, this amenity may be non-negotiable for many.

As you search, you may want to not rule out places that don't list A/C, or any of these amenities for that matter, as they just may not have checked that box. It may be mentioned in the description or ask when you call.

 

2. In Unit Washer Dryer: Some people simply refuse to use community washing machines or go to a laundromat. In places like New York City, you often won't see any on-site washing machines, so while this is a great amenity to have, it probably should not be an automatic dealbreaker. Keep in mind, this will tend to pump up your water and electrical bill.

 

3. Dishwasher: Older buildings often do not have a dishwasher or even a food disposal. Will also bump up your water bill.

 

4. Balcony Deck Patio Porch: Depending on the weather in the area, you may not use any outdoor space a lot, but it is great to be able to cook out during nice weather, and it provides extra storage space for things you may not want cluttering up your living room.

 

5. Small Dogs & 6. Cats: Most apartment complexes will allow small pets, but it does limit your options if it's a dealbreaker. Some landlords have more flexibility around cats, as they rarely if ever leave the unit. But larger dogs are going to make it hard for you to find a place to rent in most cities.

 

7. Parking: Depending on the area, parking may cost extra or may not be offered at all. Particularly in an area close to public transportation, some renters store their car off-site or sell their car in favor of walking or riding their bikes.

 

8. Internet Access: This amenity tends to pay for itself, as you will probably pay $30 or more a month for high speed internet access on your own. Cable TV can be another great feature if it's included in your rent.

 

9. Eat In Kitchen or Dining Room: Your desire for this amenity may depend heavily on if you are renting alone or with family members. Some efficiencies don't even have a kitchen, but allow a hot plate or microwave.

 

10. Swimming Pool: Nice to have in warmer climates, but probably not worth a big hike in your monthly payment if you can only use it a few days a year. Plus, check the hours that the pool is open. Doesn't do you any good that the pool is open on weekdays if you can't get there after work before it closes.

 

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