Tips for first-time renters

When you are renting your first apartment, you may feel like the situation is so overwhelming and confusing, you just want to give up! You do not have to do that! After all, you need to be independent at some point, and renting your first apartment is your first “grown-up job”. Here is where you can find the best apartments for rent in Portland Oregon that allow pets. However, when you are going to rent an apartment, there are some tips to consider!

  • Set your budget

The most important thing to do when renting for the first time is to set a realistic budget. How much would you like to spend on rent? Usually, the rent should be no more than 30% of the monthly income. In your budget you should also include extra expenses, just in case. Also, take into consideration the fact that you will have to pay 3 or 4 times the moment you sign the lease.

  • Find the best area

Every city, even Portland, has good and bad areas. Depending on your tastes and personality, you should find an area that is appropriate for you. If you currently work in Portland, find an apartment that is close to your work. If you are studying, find something close to the school you are attending. It all depends on what you need, but also on your budget.

  • Do you have pets?

If you own any pets, you need to find an apartment that is pet-friendly and that will welcome your pet in instead of rejecting it. Look for condos that allow pets in or discuss it with the landlord. He may change up his mind if you bring your pet over and if you demonstrate him that the pet is healthy and playful and that it will not damage the apartment in any way.

  • What kind of apartment you are looking for?

You must be decided on what you want and decide what you are looking for. How many bedrooms do you want or need? How many bathrooms should the apartment have? How big should the apartment be? You must match your desires with your budget and with the area and you will have the perfect apartment! However, you must be aware that you will not find the apartment of your dreams, and settle for something that meets your most important needs!

  • Where to search?

There are many places to search an apartment, but the easiest way to look up rentals is online! You can check out the rentals online in the area you want, look up for local real estate websites or agents and also check out sites like Craigslist. You can also search apartment locally by visiting real estate agencies or asking around if you see any “Renting” sign. Also, ask your friends and family about rentals, they may be a great help!