Hello World! Welcome Friends! For those of us seriously committed to the DIY lifestyle, apartment hunting is often easier said than done. Ideally, we want our own space with the freedom to do just about anything; however, realistically finding an apartment to accommodate our every desire often feels like a dream.
That being said, it’s more than possible to find apartments for rent which are friendly to DIY-ers, granted you’re willing to make some compromises. Similarly, asking some crucial questions beforehand can help you avoid headaches with your landlord and ultimately find a space that’s suitable for your lifestyle.
So, what do you need to ask during your next apartment hunting adventure?
What Are the Specifics of Your Security Deposit?
Obviously you shouldn’t rush into contracts without reading the fine print first.
Security deposits are especially important for DIY-ers to understand as you can quickly kiss hundreds of dollars goodbye if you violate your landlord’s terms of what’s allowed on-property and what’s not. From hidden cleaning fees to anything in your apartment that might be in “questionable” condition, make sure you ask exactly what you are and aren’t allowed to do before signing on the dotted line.
What’s Allowed on the Walls?
If you love to craft your own decorating or want to make your apartment feel more like home, you need to also ask your landlord what you’re allowed to do to the walls. Some apartments have strict rules on whether or not you can paint or put screws in the walls, for example. These conditions could be make-or-break for DIY-ers looking to inject some serious personality into their spaces.
What Are Your Porch and Patio Options?
Bear in mind that being restricted on what’s allowed indoors can be remedied by having a patio or porch which allows you to work on your projects. Ask your potential landlord whether or not you’re allowed to plant flowers, for example, or if there are any regulations on outdoor storage. Some patios are required to be kept spotless; however, turning your porch into a paradise is possible.
Likewise, if you have plenty of access to sunlight via windows, you may be able to plant a miniature garden with a bit of legwork. Layering your potted plants or choosing small succulents are solid options if you’re in a cramped space.
What About Your Neighbors?
Noise complaints and neighbor nightmares are no laughing matter; however, it’s often hard to figure out your neighbor situation until after you’ve moved in. If you regularly work with noisy tools or equipment, assess the following during your apartment tour:
- The physical amount of space between apartments
- The placement of rooms in your space: for example, you could potentially create a craft room away from an adjacent bedroom
- The thickness of the walls: if there are two model apartments next to each other, you could ask to test the noise level yourself
Finding the ideal apartment as a DIY-er means asking the right questions and knowing what to look for in any given space. Following these tips will help ease your mind during your next apartment hunt to help you find the perfect place for you and your projects.
Thank you for stopping by! If you missed the One Room Challenge Reveal, you can find it HERE. Have a gorgeous day/night depending on where you are in the world! Go with God and remember to be kind to one another!