How to Find the Perfect First Apartment
Plus: dealing with landlords, reading leases, and more.
An apartment hunt can seem daunting—there are so many places to see and things to consider when choosing a home, even a temporary one. So on this week's "Adulthood Made Easy," host Sam Zabell talks to Ilyce Glink, real estate expert and author of Buy, Close, Move In!, about finding a place, reading the lease, and avoiding those apartment rental horror stories you hear about awful landlords and cockroach-infested walls.
Glink has lots of valuable advice, especially when it comes to the walk-through—a crucial part of the apartment hunt. There are a ton of red flags a renter should look for when seeing the unit—lit candles mean there could be a weird smell, spots on the wall likely signify leaks, and a draft through the windows might be okay in the summer, but come winter, you'll want those windows sealed up. For more advice, listen to the full episode below, and see our apartment amenity smackdown for the pros and cons of everything from hardwood floors versus carpeting to top floor versus bottom. Plus, don't forget to subscribe on iTunes so you never miss a single episode.