What was the house-hunting process like? What should I look for?
I started the process on Craigslist and found a local realtor that specialized in student housing. I also sought out my school's housing office. I thought they would only have residence spaces, but they have off campus houses as well.
1) Always SEE the house.
The first house we looked at online was adorable and way more affordable than I had expected. Turns out, it was that cheap because it was small, dirty, and in a terrible location.
3) Make a Trip Out of It
Never rush, especially if it's your first. I came to Boston for the weekend so I would be able to hunt as much as I needed until I found the perfect place.
4) Ask the Right Questions
Make sure to ask about insurance, payment options, security, maintenance, decoration, painting, rent control... you get the picture. There are a lot of things you need to know, so make sure you prepare your questions early and follow up if you don't get an appropriate answer.
5) Bring Help
Having somebody else around will see things you might miss and remember things you might forget. Plus, it is just a lot more fun.
6) Go With Your Gut
I almost left my apartment and kept looking. I knew it was the one, but I was nervous to make the commitment. Finally, my father and brother told me not to keep looking - this was it. And it was.
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A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.