4 Tips for Tackling Your Apartment Search

Searching for a new apartment can be equal parts exciting and stressful. Maybe you’re moving for work, for family, for friends, or simply for a change of scenery. Whatever the reason may be, there are some key things you should keep in mind to help make your search as smooth as possible.

  1. Start Your Search Early – ‘Better late than never’ is not the way to go when it comes to searching for a new apartment. No one wants to make a decision in a pinch because they waited until the last minute! When moving locally, start your search three months before your desired move-in date. This should give you plenty of time to find your new apartment. Moving locally is a little easier than moving states because you already have a grasp of the area and its resources. When moving to a different state, start your search at least four months out. You’ll want ample time to research different neighborhoods and visit different apartment communities.
  2. Compare Prices with the Value of Amenities – It’s important to keep in mind that apartment communities come with a host of amenities and perks. Be sure to confirm with your leasing agent which amenities are included in the price they gave you, on occasion, they may not be included.
  3. Know How Much Space You Need – Finding the perfect “Goldilocks” sized space – not too little, not too big – can be daunting. Utilize the square-footing detail on the apartment communities’ floor plan to determine if the space is the right fit for your personal situation.
  4. Ask The Right Questions During A Tour – If you have a list of requirements for your new apartment that are not negotiable, you’ll want to be sure to bring them up during a tour or on a phone call with the leasing professional. For example, if you have a pet ask if the apartment community is pet-friendly and if there are breed or weight restrictions.

The leasing professionals at the White Oak communities are dedicated to helping each person discover the perfect apartment for their desires and needs. The Vista at White Oak and Yorkshire apartment teams were awarded the 2018 Satisfacts Resident Satisfaction Property Award as a result of outstanding resident reviews! A bonus tip for tackling your apartment search is finding a community with stellar online reviews and awards such as the Satisfacts Award! 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Apartment Living with a Pet

Furry friends are a joy to come home to after a long day. It’s no wonder that nearly 70% of people in the United States are pet owners¹. When it comes to moving with a pet, the first thing you need to check is if your desired apartment community is pet-friendly like Yorkshire Apartments, Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, and Vista at White Oak Apartments in Silver Spring. MD. Pet-friendly is a term used to describe apartment communities that allow cats and/or dogs within certain breed and weight guidelines. Talking to a leasing consultant is the best way to determine if your fur-baby is allowed.

Once you have the green light for your pet to join you in your new apartment, the fun begins! Apartment living with a pet comes with numerous perks. If you’re a dog owner, trips to local dog parks are a great way to socialize your pup and for you to meet new people. There are several notable dog parks near the White Oak Communities including Ellsworth Urban Dog Park, Takoma Park Dog Park, and Wheaton Dog Park. Another benefit of living with a pet is relaxation. Studies show that having a pet can help reduce stress. What sounds better than laying on the couch petting your furry friend when you’re upset? Pets can also help keep you on a schedule. They tend to want to be walked, cared for, and fed around the same time each day. Having a live-in alarm clock can help get you out the door on time.

There are so many fun pet products on the market that can help your furry friend feel at home in the new apartment, from cat climbing towers to cozy dog beds. Having a go-to napping spot or toy can help your pet cope with any separation anxiety they may have when you leave the apartment. You can shop for all your pet necessities and accessories at nearby pet stores like Unleashed by Petco, Bark!, and The Big Bad Woof.

It is important to note that even though you are living in a pet-friendly apartment community, not all your neighbors may be fond of animals. Remember to always respect your neighbors’ space when taking pets in and out of the building.

To learn more about the White Oak Communities and the different pet policies of each apartment community, please contact a leasing consultant today!

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.