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The Virgin Renter – Apartments for Rent in Wilkes Barre Pa

Are you renter for the first time and looking for Apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa? Here are some helpful tips for first time virgin renters who are spreading their independence wings with a new apartment of their own.

One of the first things to remember is to never go over your budget with  apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa. Sit down and assess all expenses that you presently have, and all expenses that you will have when you rent your apartment. Most investment professionals recommend that you spend no more than 1/4 of your monthly income on your rent, though I’ve come across recommendations of 1/3. Be sure to include utilities like electricity, cable, internet, and parking fees as well as any other expenses not included in your rent. By staying within budget of your apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa, you will avoid pain and disappointment of having to give up your space, and the dreaded move back home to your old room that your parents were attempting to make into a workout space. (You may have to live with a treadmill for a while.)

Another thing to consider financially is to save up money for your rental application fees, security deposit (which is usually required) and move-in expenses. Some landlords of apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa require the first and last months rent paid at the leases signing, which can add up to quite a large check that you’ll have to write out, all before you can even set one chair in the living room.

Is the cost of apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa a bit too high, but you’ve found one that you simply love with two bedrooms and the huge living room, with hardwood floors and an island kitchen? You may want to consider finding a roommate to help share the expenses. But be sure to follow the advise  in the Sharing Your Place category on the front page of this blog. It covers why have a roommate, roommate questionnaires and agreements, as well as an article on why not to have a roommate and many other things you may not have considered.

Make sure that you thoroughly read the lease for apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa. Then read it again. Be sure that you understand all you obligations completely, and all the rules before signing. Once you signature is there, you are held bound to the contract legally. Have a knowledgeable person help you understand things in the lease that you deem questionable. Sometimes the legal words and writing can be confusing. Ask for help. There’s nothing worse for a renter than being dissatisfied with something and finding out that it was or wasn’t included in the lease you signed.

Be sure to search for new apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa online. Check out ApartmentsToLike.com for listings of available apartments or homes in Wilkes Barre and the surrounding area. Looking for an efficiency? One bedroom? A large or small studio? A certain location? Near college or work? Or a more spacious home for rent? You will find the latest listings and contact information here.

Or, if you are in the market for apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa, stop in and visit The Apartment Finders Shop located in the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes Barre. Fill out a wish list and we’ll help you find a place with potential.  The shop is open Thursday through Sunday.

Finally, always think ahead about references. Have written references ready from friends of family and employees. Landlords and property owners of apartments for rent in Wilkes Barre Pa will often request these character references to be sure that you are a responsible person and will take care of the apartment leased to you. It is also important, if you are under a certain age, to have a co-signer available for your lease. A parent, family member or other friend or relative can do this, which guarantees the landlord that your rent will be covered should you fail for some reason to pay on time.

All in all, the virgin renter need not fear this huge step in life, but look at it with joy and anticipation.  It can be quite an exhilarating learning experience, and with the right thought and preparation, a successful one.

Sharing an Apartment: Why have a Roommate?

You’ve found the perfect  apartment in Easton Pa. It has large rooms, hardwood floors throughout, an island kitchen with relatively new appliances, and two nice sized bedrooms with walk-in closets….The location is great, and you can park off-street with easy access to your door. It’s a renter’s dream come true. You’ve searched for so long…

But the rent of this dynamic Easton apartment is way more than you can afford. In fact, it’s almost double, and you have to tag on some utility expenses. While you nurse your broken heart you realize that the apartment has enough room for two people.  So maybe you won’t be able to make that smaller bedroom a workout/office space. If you really want the space, a roommate would make it within reach.

Help with paying the rent is one of the main reasons renters share their apartments, but there are other benefits too. Of those I talked with, the main reason may have been help with the living expenses, but most found the duel living situation satisfying, as long as they were compatible with their roommate. Sharing a living space with a friend is always the first option. Since you already know the person and have things in common, a living together situation can be an easy transition, and can help grow the friendship. Some renters noted some great advantages to having a roommate that I didn’t think of.  Sharing the chores what one. They made a list of what they wanted done, and each roommate checked off their duty each week.

Sharing in the food expenses was another benefit many found. One girl had a roommate who was studying to be chef. This was a luxury in disguise, for her friend was constantly trying new recipes and cooking some creative things up, which relieved her of the cooking duty most of the time. She, in turn, cleaned up the kitchen.

One roommate traveled a lot with her job. This gave the roommate her own private space regularly, with the luxury of having someone to share the rent. The traveling roommate could count on her roommate to water her plants for her while she was away, and since she had a pet cat, her roommate, of course, took care of the feeding and litter box duties.

Another key benefit to rooming with someone in your Easton apartment is the fact of companionship.  Many people do not like to live alone. Having a roommate will almost guarantee a lack of loneliness. Sharing your apartment with a relative or trusted friend that you get along with well assures you of potential for great conversations, help with problems, and a partner in crime when having a party or  some other endeavor.  Having a roommate, though a challenge at times (we’ll cover some of the challenges in a future post), basically has more benefits than drawbacks. The expenses alone, in this time of financial wows and cutbacks, is reason enough to consider sharing your space.

If you are a renter or are considering a move, visit the Renters Corner at the top of this blog for useful information on making your move easy and stress free.

Renters looking to Share can advertise their apartment or home for FREE!! Check out the FREE LISTING available at Apartments To Like.