Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said that it would be this hard!
“Do you smoke or drink?”
“Do you have a girlfriend?”
“Do you eat meat?”
Let’s be honest: finding an apartment as a single man in a metropolitan city in India is quite the task. It’s not a simple matter of finding the perfect apartment either — even if you do, you have to convince the landlord that you’re a ‘good’ sanskaari ladka.
The buck doesn’t stop there, though — once you do sign the lease, a hoard of issues are bound to follow. And if the noob in you has no clue how to deal with them, here are five simple hacks to make life in your first apartment easier!
Learn To Settle
If it’s your first apartment, you have to be incredibly lucky for it to be the most perfect one. So, chances are, you’re going to have to compromise on your demands, or worse, adjust with a flatmate or roommate. It won’t be perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but as the next few points will tell you, there are ways to make it better!
When’s the rent due every month? Who pays the maintenance? What happens at the end of the lease? Are you allowed to smoke, drink, or have female friends over? Are you allowed to keep pets?
Make sure you’re on the same page with your landlord, at all times, from the get go. You don’t want unwanted surprises or issues after you’ve settled in!
Opt For A Semi-Furnished Or Unfurnished Apartment
Why, you ask?
Well, for starters, a fully furnished apartment will be significantly more expensive than an unfurnished one. Secondly, since you don’t get to pick your furniture or essentials you have to make do with it — no matter how ugly it is!
Furthermore, you cannot possibly know anything about the living habits of the previous tenant — which means, there are chances of damaged furniture or pests inhabiting in them!
But say you don’t want to splurge money on buying your own furniture. Well, there’s a simple solution to that as well!
Rent Your Furniture
If you’re moving into a new apartment for the first time, buying furniture makes little sense. With services like free delivery, installation, and maintenance, subscribing to renting will allow you do up your house just the way you want for a small price every month. Rentomojo has a terrific range of furniture and essentials to help you achieve that, which you can find here.
And Lastly, Budget Smartly!
Budgeting, for some reason, is a common issue most guys face. Chirag Punjabi, a 25-year-old IT professional, says, “I got placed in Mumbai and I was thrilled to move to the city a couple of years ago. The first few months, though, weren’t easy — because I wasn’t saving any money! It took me a while to get there, but I realised that was because I assumed rent and bills were the only expenses I would incur, when in truth, unexpected expenses that you don’t keep a track of really hurt your bank account. So my tip? Budget — always!”
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