The 5 Do’s and Don’ts of City House Hunting

With that time of year coming where students are moving out of residence or are maybe trying to find a place downtown for the upcoming school year, house and apartment hunting might have you feeling like this:

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or this:

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and you might feel like you’re turning into this:

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So have no fear, because I thought that I would compile a list of the top 5 do’s and dont’s of Toronto house hunting!

1. Do use your resources!

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There are tons of ways to look up a rental downtown. Be it through the classifieds in newspapers, online databases, realtors, or through word of mouth; these resources will become your best friends! I’ve listed a few rental websites below to give you all a good start!

2. Don’t leave it until the last minute!

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The longer you leave finding a sweet apartment for next year, the longer you leave for someone to snatch up what could have been the perfect place! Make sure you regularly check your resources to see if there are any potential apartments!

3. Do keep your options open!

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You may be envisioning the perfect place for next year, but let’s face it: we’re students, on a student budget. So keep your options open! Look at any potential leads because you can always turn a slightly drab place into your own with a little help from decorations, pictures and personalization!

4. Do find a neighbourhood that suits you!

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Toronto is a very diverse place, and theres tons of neighbourhoods that can suit anyone’s interest! There’s Kensington, The Annex, Corktown, just to name a few, and each neighbourhood offers a totally different vibe! Make sure you research the area you want to rent and see if it is a fit for you!

5. Do your research!

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This may feel overwhelming and unnecessary, and you may feel like the guy above with all of the websites and information you have to take in, but this is crucial, especially for us students. Be very wary of scams and know your stuff! If a place seems to good to be true, odds are it is. Make sure you go into the market having done your research. Know the safest neighbourhoods, transit costs, rent costs and anything else that you feel is relevant! First time renting can be a scary process, but once you do your research, it will definitely make you feel more comfortable when looking for places!

Overall, once you find your sweet new place for next year, all of the house hunting will be worth it. You’ll feel independent, confident, and you can walk out of your new apartment feeling on top of the world.

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