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Do you have an Albany Apartment to Rent? Find Tips on Writing an Apartment Ad - Make Every Word Count!
Finding a for a new apartment can be exciting, discouraging, challenging and thrilling - not necessarily in that order. Before you begin your hunt for Albany apartments, keep the following in mind:
Make a Plan ...
Start by making a list of what you need and what you want in an apartment. You'll obviously know WHY you are moving -- you need more room or you changed jobs and would like to be closer to work, etc. But also think about your personality and the little extras you would really welcome in a new apartment. Do you love plants? An apartment that is sunny and has windows facing south might give you an energy boost every day even if it doesn't have that large walk-in closet you were hoping for. Do you relish quiet evenings and lazy Sunday mornings? Suddenly that walk-up on the top floor at the end of a residential street might seem like a great find...even if it boasts harvest gold appliances from the 70s.
Make a Two-Column List
One column is must-have's and the other is for extras that would be nice to have in your next apartment, but wouldn't irritate you for an entire year if you didn't have them. DO put some of your personality into that 'must have' column. If you are an introvert and take an Albany apartment in a large complex with lots of friendly (and loud) social events that no one, including the manager, seems to mind - except you - you might want to run screaming in a very short time. Likewise, if you take a small duplex at the 'perfect price', but you are right next to lots of children, and you NEVER want children, ever... well, you will likely be poring over the lease for a way out before your one year is up - or even losing your deposit to get out early.
...And Stick To It
Keep that list in front of you whenever you call about an apartment, and bring it with you when you tour an apartment. Ask lots of questions! The landlord or manager is trying to find the right 'fit' too. Find out what you do if something breaks, if you have a complaint about noise, if you want to decorate. Be a detective -- look around you! Ask to see the yards - the garages - the storage areas. Look for what makes you comfortable and not. If you are looking at a two-family or duplex - don't be shy! Knock on the door and chat with the people next door for a few minutes. You are going to be sharing a house and possibly communal indoor and outdoor areas for a year. Now, drive or walk down the road to the nearest coffee shop, grocery store, local restaurant or pub. Go in, browse around, have a drink... do you feel comfortable?
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Tips for Writing an Apartment Ad - Make Every Word Count!
If you are a private property owner and have an apartment for rent available in Albany County, Schenectady County, Rensselear, Saratoga or elsewhere in the Capital District and Upstate New York area, read our following suggestions to pack the most punch into your classified ad:
- The Title should be brief - no more than 50 characters - and indicate number of bedrooms, location and One GREAT feature:
Example: QUIET 2-bedroom in Ballston Spa Victorian!
- The Description can be up to 150 characters long and should make sense! It's tempting to use loads of abbreviations, however, if no one can understand what you wrote, they may move on simply out of frustration. Lively copy sells, so use those adjectives and be descriptive!
Example: Victorian charmer w/original moldings & hardwood floors. 3rd floor apt, all updated appliances, freshly painted. Off-street parking. One-year lease. No pets. Separate utilities. Newly renovated and available NOW!
- The Contact field can be a phone number, e-mail address or both.
- The Price field can indicate this is what you are asking if some flexibility is an option.