It’s true: As 20-somethings making our way in the workforce and in the world, most of us leave a trail of rookie mistakes behind us.
But this spring a number of Bates students, including many from the about-to-graduate Class of 2016, were inoculated against some of the most egregious missteps, thanks to the new panel discussion series “How to Adult.” One excerpt is below.
How to Apartment
- Property management companies may provide the most structured and professional experience for apartment-hunters. Their websites will present price ranges, floor plans, and other helpful information, and companies typically have a choice of properties in a given city.
- Be prepared before you start seeing apartments, because in a competitive market you may have to make a snap decision. Save up for the security deposit and first month’s rent. Have references and a credit report (with your Social Security number redacted) with you.
- In appearance, manner, and communications, be professional dealing with landlords. They’ll want to feel good about having you in their property.
- A one-year lease is ideal and is the standard. Remember that a lease is a contract, and if you break it the landlord can sue for the entire amount due under the lease. If you really must leave before the lease is up, be forthright with the landlord and see what you can negotiate.