Moving into your own apartment is an exciting step to independence, but you want to make sure you will be able to afford the rent and utilities, pay moving costs, and have money to buy furniture and appliances. You also need to know that you will be safe and happy in your new place. Ask friends and family for their advice and support. If you find an apartment you are interested in renting, consider these things:
- Visit the site at different times during the day. It may seem very safe at lunch time, but not feel so safe after dark.
- Is there enough parking?
- Is it on a bus line?
- Is there a grocery store and pharmacy nearby?
- Does it meet your needs? For instance, if you have difficulty walking, are there a lot of steps? If you have friends who use wheelchairs, will they be able to visit you?
- Where is the laundry located?
- Will you be able to get to go out to dinner, the movies, bowling, church without much difficulty?
Another thing to consider is your credit. Most landlords, particularly apartment communities, will pull your credit report before they will rent to you. If you have problems on your credit report, you should resolve them before you start looking. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com to check your credit for free. Reading credit reports is difficult, so you may need some help to evaluate the report. Good places to check are the housing counseling agencies and also www.dcrac.org or contact The Arc.
If you, or someone you know, needs to find emergency housing, a great resource is the Delaware Housing Coalitions “Housing In A Hurry.” Go to their website www.housingforall.org to download this valuable resource.
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