Posted February 14, 2011 by RentJungle

“I wish I’d known about this site before” is often the feedback we receive from new users of RentJungle.com. Fortunately for you, this doesn’t have to be a shared sentiment. Though we want everyone to have an informed and positive moving experience, it is ultimately up to you to decide what is important in an apartment. How much to pay for rent is definitely a primary factor involved with finding a new apartment, but let’s be honest: it is not the only important quality.

Let’s think of moving like we think of cooking. The pertinent qualities of your ideal apartment are the ingredients. You don’t necessarily want to cook something that is cheap to make, you also want high quality ingredients that will make the consommé something to remember. Each step of cooking, much like moving, will affect your final evaluation of the experience and the ultimate outcome.

So the first step of cooking: consult the recipe! If you have made it before, go ahead and make your own list of ingredients. Be creative, and be sure to include everything you find important (i.e. which area of town, size, proximity to conveniences, proximity to schools, crime rate, etc…). If you need a list, I would check out our article on things to remember before signing a lease.

Step two is adding the ingredients to the pot. For moving, this means having the right balance of your preferred housing qualities versus your affordable expenditure. You most likely will not be able to have absolutely everything you want in an apartment, but you can get as close as possible if you do your research.  Rent Jungle’s full-text apartment search will help you with this.  Want stainless steel appliances, a community chock full of amenities, or a place that has a great view?  Just type it in the “What box” on Rent Jungle and see all the places that fit your criteria in your new neighborhood.  Rent Jungle will also allow you to take notes on each property , save them as favorites ,  and share your notes and favorites with others via email or Facebook.  Once you’ve narrowed down the apartments that meet these requirements, it’s time to make a decision!

The final step of cooking is enjoying the meal. After you have found your apartment and made your decision, you can then sit back and take in both the experience and your new surroundings. Think of the building as the main course, furnishing as the side dish, the neighborhood as the presentation, and the house warming party as the dessert. Your hard work has paid off and you now live comfortably and happily in your new home.

Bon appétit.

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