If you are planning a move to Durham, North Carolina, you may be feeling a bit stressed at this moment in life. Durham is a great city to live and it is filled with many attractions and things to do. However, when it comes to finding a place to live, many people prefer not to think of that chore ahead of them. Unless you desire to live in a hotel during the duration of the time you live in Durham, you are going to have to search for the best has to offer. With that in mind, we have created this short guide on how to find an apartment in “Bull City”!
One of the very first things you are going to have to consider before you move to Durham or any city for that matter is your budget. Many people do not take into account how much money they have for living expenses and get in way over their heads. Many landlords are going to ask this regardless, so instead of lying or fudging the facts, it is better to be prepared. If you know what your income is going to be once you move to Durham an easy way to determine your maximum rent is to take your monthly payments after taxes and divide that by 3. So if your monthly take home pay is $2000, you would be able to afford about $670 a month for an apartment.tHis is by no means a standard measure, you should always take into account your way of life. It is, however, a good way to take a quick overview.
For those of you who are moving to Durham from another city or state, you may be unsure where to move. You do not want to end up in the dreaded “bad part” of any city. One of the best ways to search for a perfect neighborhood is to begin your research online. First, think about what is important to you in your life. Are you looking for an apartment that is close to public transportation, good schools, or just in the heart of everything? It is best to begin your search with a city data website, which will show just about everything you could ever want to know about Durham. Or you can head over to Facebook and search for pages or groups about Durham and ask the member where the best parts of Durham are for your criteria.
Finally, a good way to get started living in Durham is to find a roommate. This is a great temporary solution as you more than likely will not get tied down to any long-term contract. This is going to allow you to get a better apartment as well as the opportunity to get to know someone from the area right away. This alone can be invaluable when you have just moved to a new city.
As you can see, there are three ways in which you can find the best has to offer. Enjoy your time in the “Bull City”!