Los angeles is undoubtedly one of the most desired cities to live in. With many people moving here every year I thought I’d create a useful guide on tips and tricks you may find helpful in making your transition much easier.
There are tons of listings online, but with so many information it can be overwhelming. Let me start by telling you that craigslist, can be better left out as last resort. I have a couple of friends who have ended up with terrible experiences from being scammed to ending up with crazy roommates. So here are a few legit sites where you can find listings for apartments. (*nonaffiliated)
*more to be added soon but these are kept up to date & are trustworthy*
Things to consider when choosing your apartment.
- Parking is crucial! I did not factor this in when I first moved to LA. My first apartment only had street parking and the onsite manager assured me that as long as I remembered to move my car on street cleaning days I would be fine. Wrong! There were many times when I wouldn’t get up on time, or other days I would simply just not get up and by the time I was running to my car a hefty $65 ticket was waiting for me on my front window. In other days, when I would get home late I would drive around for thirty minutes (I kid you not) until I found an open spot to park. Not to mention when I would buy groceries, it was a struggle carrying everything. Talk about a nightmare! So please, do yourself a favor and get a place with parking included.
- Deposit. Depending on your credit some, if bad, you might be asked for a first and last months rent.
- Pets. If you have a pet, your living arrangements might be affected as some tenants are not pet friendly. Cough, cough ..service animal certification. Do take in consideration how friendly communities are with pets as if you do or don’t have one it will affect your stay. You will notice that there are a lot of people who have pets in LA, and unfortunately many are inconsiderate owners and do not clean after their pets. Do ask what steps the community takes to deal with this issue or any issue for that matter.
- Managers. If you live in a small apartment complex you should question does the manager live on site. If you are a very private person you should ask how involved are they in the community. Many times in complexes like these the managers are very personable and you should acquaint yourself accordingly. In larger communities, many times there will be a leasing office that is just there to answer questions or concerns, but will be less personable. Regardless, you should ask how either deal with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You will find that most tell you what they think you’d like to hear, but will often find that answers fluctuate, it is then that you will know who is truly being honest and most beneficial for you.
- Cell service. While this may seem mundane, not having cell service in your bedroom or living room can get annoying. So be sure that when getting a tour you check your cell service, then factor that in to your pros and cons when comparing apartments.
- Neighborhood. Living in LA you will find that the two first questions you will be asked when meeting somebody is “What do you do and where do you live?” When I first started meeting people I found that super annoying, rude and intrusive… I soon learned that while some people do only ask that to push their agenda, where you live does determine who you associate with most so that is the reason for some asking. Let me further explain, say you decide to live in an affordable neighborhood but its 30-40minutes from your friends, job, or interests, this will play a huge role in how you plan your day, what times during the day you are in traffic, and who you become close to…I advice you to choose and plan accordingly. Prioritize what is most important to you. You can click here for a map to better introduce you to LA’s neighborhoods.
- Proximity to needs. Will you be cooking mostly or eating out? If cooking mostly factor in how close the grocery store is. Question also what their store hours are, it helps if is open 24 hours. Tip: Always have bags in your trunk, otherwise the store charges you 10¢ per bag needed and trust me overtime that adds up! If you are not much of a cooker, factor in the restaurants and food nearby. Do they match your likes? What are their hours? Do they deliver? Are they walking distance?
- Size. Do you have family or friends that will visit often? If so square footage should be considered based on how important is it for you to make them feel comfortable. Otherwise, if you are far away from “home” and you don’t really know anybody perhaps a studio apartment will best suit yours needs.
- Transportation. Ok, so you need a car to be more productive in this busy transient city. However, if you don’t have one look up where the nearest Metro station is (here) and or bus stop. They are spread out in between but there are plenty. Although I hate to say it, if homeless people bother you do take in consideration just how near public transportation is from you as this is their source of transportation.
I hope you liked these tips, comment down below for further questions, suggestions on what you would like to read in this blog or just say Hi. I would love to hear from you!