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Have’s and Must Have’s of your first Apartment

April 29, 2024

Have’s and Must Have’s of your first Apartment

Congratulations on taking the first step towards independence! Renting your first apartment can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming, especially on a limited salary. At Zea Homes, we understand that affordability is key. Here’s what you need to know:

The Haves (on a budget)

  1. Second-hand furniture

    Thrift stores and online marketplaces can be a treasure trove for affordable furniture

    2. Basic kitchen essentials

    Start with the basics, like a microwave, mini-fridge, and cooking pot.

    3. Cozy décor

    Use items you already have, like photos, rugs and plants, to add personality to your space.

    4. Free amenities

    Look for buildings with free amenities like a gym, pool, or community garden.

    5. Roommate

    Consider sharing an apartment with a roommate to split costs.

    The Must-Haves (on a budget)

    1. Affordable rent

    Calculate your budget and stick to it. Aim for rent that’s no more than 30% of your income.

    2. Basic appliances

    Ensure the apartment comes with basic appliances like a stove, fridge, and microwave.

    3. Safe neighborhood

    Research the area to ensure it’s safe and secure.

    4. Water and electricity included

    Look for apartments with utilities included to simplify your budget.

    5. Short-term lease

    Consider a short-term lease to avoid long-term commitments.

    Zea Homes’ Top Tip

    Prioritize your needs over wants. Focus on finding an affordable place that meets your basic needs and then add your personal touches over time.

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