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Happy hunting

Looking for a new apartment? Here are a few hints:

•The best thing to do is hit the pavement, because many landlords, like Eddy, do not advertise, they just hang a sign out.

•Classified ads in this or other newspapers are by far the best source.

•Online you can try www.spokane.craigslist .org if you’re looking for something temporary or a house share, This is a good resource. If you are looking for a larger, newer complex or specific amenities such as pool, walk-in closets and/or fireplace, try www.rent.com - mostly larger complexes are featured on this site.

Prioritize

•When apartment hunting, make a list of priorities such as the maximum price you can pay, the least amount of space you can live in, proximity to work or school, pet issues and any extras such as covered parking, a pool and a laundry room. Add to this a list of pet peeves at your last place, and you are ready for viewing.

•Beware of overly elaborate descriptions such as “Bavarian style apartment haus” or phrasing like “quaint,” “modern” or “unique.” In my experience, flowery wording sometimes arise from desperation to rent a unit that offers little character.

•Always do a drive by before scheduling a viewing. One glance and you’ll know if it’s worth going inside.

•Check how the apartment measures up against your list and avoid discovering problems later.

•If there are people around who live in the same building, approach them politely and ask questions about the place, the amount of traffic and how long they’ve lived there.

•Take as much time as you can. Nothing is worse than moving, and finding a place that’s right means staying put for a while.

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