Apartment Hunting: Tips to Find Out-of-State Apartments

Apartment Hunting: Tips to Find Out-of-State Apartments

It can be tough to find suitable jobs in your city

If it’s still early in your career, it can be tough to find suitable jobs in your city or town of choice. In fact, you may have to move out of your state for a new position to help boost your resume.

Apart from leaving behind friends and family, the toughest part of this process can be finding a place to live in a new state. Here are five quick tips to keep in mind when looking for an out-of-state apartment.

1. Know Your Priorities

This holds true when looking for an apartment in any city or state, but a good first step is to come up with a list of priorities or must-haves for your new apartment. This could include the price, the number of bedrooms and/or bathrooms and whether or not the apartment offers secure indoor parking.

One of your most important priorities should be the terms of the lease — especially the length. If possible, try to negotiate for a shorter lease so your options open back up quickly when you move to your new state.

2. Get an Early Start

When looking for an out-of-state apartment, the earlier you can begin your search, the better. There’s no such thing as starting an apartment search too early, but starting too late is definitely a thing.

It's ideal to start your search one to three months before you plan to make the move. Make a list of five or six apartments that look promising and, if possible, take a scouting trip to tour each one before you make a final decision.

3. Scour Property Management Sites

One often-overlooked strategy in searching for apartments is looking at sites run by property management companies. These companies often own more than one property, so it's a good way to help you find more options.

Also, when looking for apartments in a new state, you may come across a property that's just out of your price range. A visit to the property management company's website may offer some similar locations at friendlier prices.

Also, if you like the vibe of a property manager through emails or phone calls, it's worth looking at other properties they maintain.

4. Research Local Neighborhoods

One of the biggest challenges in moving to a new state is knowing the best neighborhoods to live in. If you've never visited your new city or state, it's tough to tell if a neighborhood is safe or offers the type of scene you're looking for.

Luckily, there are many ways to research individual cities and even specific neighborhoods in those cities. Websites such as Yelp or Foursquare can give you a good idea of neighborhoods from locals, and others such as StreetAdvisor offer detailed breakdowns of neighborhoods across the country.

5. Don't Expect Perfection

When moving out-of-state — especially if you don't have a chance to visit your new apartment before you move — it's best to have an open mind about it going in. Setting your expectations too high can lead to disappointment, while going in with a more realistic attitude can lead to a pleasant surprise.

This is where negotiating for a shorter lease can be key. If you don't end up liking your apartment or neighborhood, but only signed a three- or six-month lease, you can start searching for a new apartment almost immediately.

Conversely, if you sign a short lease but do happen to like your new place and neighborhood, it's very easy to extend your lease for a year or even longer. Property owners love tenants who are able to make long-term commitments.

Searching for an out-of-state apartment is a challenge, but these five tips are good places to start. It may be somewhat nerve-wracking, but it can also be very exciting — so don't be afraid to brace yourself and dive into your search.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.


I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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