Renting Your First Apartment You are setting out on your own and you are renting your first apartment. You need to think about what you want and need in the apartment. Do you need a furnished apartment or can you furnish the apartment yourself. Do you need an apartment with utilities included or can you have utilities in your name. You will also need to think about appliances, such as a dishwasher, stove and refrigerator. Do you have these items or will you be renting your first apartment with these items included. Once you know the answers to these questions, you can begin looking for an apartment. Renting your first apartment is always exciting, you are setting out by yourself, you will have your own home to care for, and you will have more freedom. With this freedom come responsibilities. If you have a job, you need to set aside enough money to cover all the expenses of having an apartment. You are going to need to make sure you can have people over without disturbing other renters and you have a responsibility to keep the premises clean and damage free. Renting your first apartment also means that you might have other duties to do besides paying the bills and keeping the apartment clean. If you rent a lower flat, you might have responsibilities for lawn care and maybe some weather related chores as well. If you do not want these types of responsibilities, you might only consider upper flats for rent. You do not want to over burden yourself when renting your first apartment. You need to have time to do everything that is required when renting your first apartment or house. When it is time to find your first apartment, you can jot down a few questions to ask the property manager, which should help eliminate apartments that are not suited to your needs. When you call for information about the apartment, it is wise to ask these questions before scheduling an appointment. If it is not what you are looking for, then you do not want to waste time looking at the apartment. You should always ask questions until you are satisfied that the apartment will be right for you. When you are renting your first apartment, you may tend to think that you can have something just as nice as you had it at home. This may not always be true. You can take even the most moderate apartment and make it a showcase inside even if the outside has a bit to be desired. You do not want to over extend yourself on rent payments. You will also have to consider utilities, food, clothing, car expenses or transportation costs and any other necessaries such as insurances. You will find that your first apartment is like everything else. It is never something that you would settle for, but it is the first one in a line of many you will have before you marry or buy a home of your own.