When you’re looking to rent an apartment, there are so many decisions to make. Where do you live? Who do you live with? How far away from work should you be? How much rent can you afford to pay? And so much more! When trying to decide on the right floor plan, check out our guide below to help:
Decide Whether You Want An Open-Plan Kitchen Or Not
Many modern apartments offer open-plan kitchen layouts blending your kitchen and living room layouts. But some apartments may offer a separate kitchen too. What are your preferences? Do you want an open-plan layout that allows you to interact with your guests even when you’re preparing or cooking food? Or, would you prefer a more traditional kitchen that serves a specific purpose without flowing into any other space? You can look out for this on the floor plans when you are reviewing potential apartments.
Decide How Many Bedrooms You Want
The number of bedrooms you want will depend with whom you’re living with. For example, if you’re a family, you may want a separate bedroom from your child. If you’re just on your own, will you have a roommate? You probably each want your own bedroom. If you intend to live alone, perhaps a single bedroom is all you need, unless you have regular guests or prefer a larger apartment with more bedrooms.
Decide How Many Bathrooms You Want
Once again, the number of bathrooms will depend on the number of people living in the apartment. If you have more people living in your household (especially working people or school-going children), you may want more bathrooms in the apartment. This way, you’re not stuck waiting to use a single bathroom when everyone is busy in the mornings before work or school. Do you need full bathrooms (full bathrooms include a tub or separate shower)? Do you need a bathroom with a tub, or do you prefer a separate shower? Maybe one bathroom is enough, but maybe one sink is not.
Establish Whether The Living And Dining Area Fits Into Your Lifestyle
If you’re the type of person who likes to entertain often, then you probably want a generously sized living and dining area to accommodate visitors without feeling too cramped. Pay close attention to the dining area. How do you like to serve your dinners? Would you prefer a formal setting at the dining table? Or, are you happy for your guests to eat anywhere? This will help you determine how large your dining area should be. Look for large kitchens too that could accommodate a small kitchen table. Most floor plans have dimensions on the living and dining room which will help you when deciding how large each room needs to be.
Decide On The Floor
If you are going to live in a multi-story apartment, you must also decide on what floor to live on. Do you want to live on the first floor, second floor, or higher? There are advantages to both. Lower floors have fewer stairs to walk up, in the absence of an elevator, carrying packages or a child can be tiring. Four story or more buildings generally have elevators. At peak periods, elevators have wait times, and generally there are restrictions for moving large bulky items in and out without prearranging a moving time. There is nothing spontaneous about moving large items in a multi-story building. The views that come with higher floors though, can often negate any of the aforementioned downsides.
Determine The Amount Of Outdoor Living Space You Want
Just because you will be living in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to completely give up your outdoor lifestyle. Many ground level garden-style apartments offer outdoor backyard spaces that allow you to get the best of both worlds. Even if you live on a higher level, some apartment complexes offer great outdoor facilities like gardens, walking pathways and swimming pools.
Review The Floor Plan And Imagine Your Lifestyle Within The Space
Before you sign any lease, make sure you review the floor plan thoroughly and imagine your lifestyle within the space. Does the kitchen meet your needs? Does the apartment have enough bedrooms and bathrooms? Are the rooms large enough to accommodate all your things? Is the flooring suited to your lifestyle? If you can’t view the exact apartment you will live in, or an apartment with the same layout and room sizes, ask the leasing agent to see a floor plan of the apartment that would be available, and make sure you understand how the room layout and room sizes shown on the floor plan compares to the model apartment you toured.
Choosing the right floor plan for your apartment doesn’t have to be too stressful when you know what to consider. Use these guidelines to help you make the right decision for you and your family.