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Apartment Hunting: Identify Your Housing Needs

In order to identify what your needs will be in a residence, answer the following questions. At the end of the questionnaire, you should be able to describe a residence that suits you.

Furnishings

If you have answered no to all of these questions, a furnished residence (one that already has furniture) is probably best for you. If you answered yes to any one of the questions, you will want to find an unfurnished residence.

Transportation

If you answered yes, it is important to find a residence that has its own parking area or where on-the-street parking is safe and ample.

If you answered no, you will want to find a residence near public bus lines and where it is safe to walk to other locations in the neighborhood. In the space below, describe some factors that might make walking hazardous.

Family and friends

If you answered yes to any of these, you might want to seek housing near family, friends or your church. Identify the part of town you consider to be your ideal living area?

Education and work

School and work usually influence where you plan to. If you are working or going to school, it may be more convenient and cost less money for transportation if you live nearby.

Laundry facilities

If you answered yes, you will have to be sure that there is a washer-dryer "hookup" in the residence. Most residences do not have a hookup, but they are usually mentioned in newspaper ad if the residence has one.

If you do not have your own washer and dryer, it is important to find a residence near laundry facilities. Many residence buildings have their own laundry rooms or laundromats that are coin operated.

Community resources

Even if you own your own car or live on a bus line, it is best not to have to travel far to the places you go often. Below is a list of places that you may want to have near your residence. Add others that are important to you.

Physical structure

If you answered yes, you will need to look at the accessibility of residences. This means you will have to consider the bathroom and kitchen to be sure they are useful to you. Are the doors wide enough? Are there flat entrances or ramped entrances without steps? Although there are checklists that will help tell you if the residence is accessible, you will be the best judge of whether or not a residence will be accessible to you.

Number of residents:

You will need to keep in mind the number of people who will live in the residence.

Now that you have answered the questionnaire, you should be able to describe a residence that meets your needs. Be sure to write down all your needs and use the list as a checklist when looking for a residence.

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