In the last week, I have looked at and toured approximately 35 apartments, interviewed 4 new gyms and taken exact measurements of the distance between potential apartments and Austin's Town Lake where I am a regular jogger. You could say I'm taking my next move (coming up in less than a month) a bit too seriously.
I can't help it. This is the first time that I'll be moving to a new apartment as a full-time, stay-at-home, freelance writer. Meaning this won't just be a place I store my stuff and sleep at night; this will be a place where I will spend 85% of my time. My last apartment was perfect: walking distance to downtown and Zilker Park and near a great gym, several libraries and a favorite grocery store. Needless to say, my list of "have to haves" for this new potential apartment is overwhelming, and my friends have gently mentioned I could be being a bit picky.
What are the other "essentials" you refuse to budge on when it comes to your apartment search? We've certainly had the apartment versus neighborhood debate before—but this goes beyond that. Just how into your new life do you try to plan out before you move, or do you just look for an apartment that you like and then try to find the other things you want later? Have you been too picky before, with success or failure?
Apartment Therapy always provides great information (even for those who work here!) so here are some more links about moving:
Mapping Out Your New Home
Making the Move: When Do You Start Packing?
Good Find: Smart Move Tape
Good Quotes: On Moving In Together
Leaving a Light On To Welcome Yourself Home
NY Good Questions: Safety Tips For Living Alone?
(Image: Mapping Out Your New Home)