By John Voket
Relocating to a new city can be challenging, especially if you’re thoroughly unfamiliar with the area. Which neighborhood is right for me? How is the school system? What should I know as a resident?
ApartmentList.com answers these questions and more in their recently rolled out relocation educational series:
1. How can I qualify for an apartment?
If you’ll be renting in your new city, seek out rents appropriate for your salary in order to qualify. Generally, according to ApartmentList.com, this means you should earn at least two-and-a-half to three times the total amount of rent for the duration you plan to live in the unit.
If you’re looking at a monthly rent of $1,500, for example, and you plan to rent for 12 months, you need to provide proof that you’ll be earning (or have already saved) at least $45,000. Proof of this can be in the form of past pay stubs or an offer letter (with your salary included) from your new employer.
2. How do I ensure the neighborhood is safe?
Safety, ultimately, is subjective. ApartmentList.com advises relocators to contact the local police station, research statistics on websites such as CrimeReports.com, or tour the neighborhood for a first-hand perspective.
3. How can I find out more about schools?
Contact the local school district office, or the principal or a PTA member of a school you may be interested in, ApartmentList.com recommends. Consulting with someone who has experience with the school can be telling.
For more answers to your relocation questions, contact a real estate professional or visit ApartmentList.com.