Finding an apartment in Raleigh, NC with a spouse, partner, or friend can be an interesting personality exercise. And if you’re not careful to communicate clearly, the process can be clouded with conflict. People have very different ways of approaching decisions and often very different preferences for housing arrangements. The more you know about yourself, your partner, and your rental needs, the more likely you are to find the perfect place (while keeping the peace). To help ensure that your rental search goes smoothly, here are five house-hunting personality traits to be aware of.
1. Tortoise vs. Hare
If you’re like the tortoise, then you might miss the hot rental that goes off the market in a matter of hours. The hare is more likely to beat the competition and catch every new property, but might move too fast and land a listing you’re not in love with. Tip: Know exactly what you want, so you can jump at the right opportunity and impress the landlord.
2. Urban vs. Suburban
A lot of factors determine whether you consider yourself an urban or suburban renter — you might like the local nightlife, or you may want to begin a family soon. As a couple, you’ll want to weigh commuting, neighborhoods, and square footage. You’ll have to sacrifice something in the end. Here’s the good news to renting: it’s a great way to try out a neighborhood. Tip: Make sure your lease allows you to sublet or sell the lease if you change your mind.
3. Penny Pincher vs. Budget Buster
It’s probably not the first budget conversation you’ve had, but you’ll need to figure out how much rent you can afford before you begin looking. Once you’ve decided on the price, the penny pincher can enjoy the search process without worrying if it’s within budget, and the budget buster can pick and choose from within the price range you agreed on. Tip: Write down your monthly costs and factor in amenities and commute for each rental.
4. Long Haul vs. Right Now
Are you going to fall in love and cherish this rental for as long as you both shall live? Or is it just temporary until you find something better? Couples need to decide how long this rental will last. Factor in employment, family status, schools in the area, etc. Tip: Depending on your threshold, offer a 6-month or 18-month lease. Often, landlords prefer to end leases during the spring and summer.
5. Homebody vs. Weekend Warrior
Are you a homebody who likes to spend your weekends curled up with a good book and a cup of tea, or maybe tinkering in the garage? Or are you a weekend warrior who prefers to travel, play sports, and generally be out and about on your days off? Think hard about your lifestyle—if you’re never home, get something smaller and save that extra cash. Tip: Focus on finding an apartment home that can satisfy both of your weekend desires.
Now that you’ve established your personalities, it’s time to start apartment hunting.