What to Look for When Renting an Apartment

November 7, 2018 | By JD Eaton
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Starting an apartment search in Chicago or elsewhere should always start with determining your criteria and preferences for you next home. It’s best to establish your must-haves and separate those features from your would-be-nice-to-have items. A large driving factor in your search will often be the monthly budget that you set, although you should be sure to consider utilities and other fees (like pets and parking) when making a budget. In Chicago, the general rule of thumb for qualifying as an apartment applicant is having a monthly income more than three times the rent amount, usually before taxes.

If you’re having trouble deciding what to look for when renting an apartment, ask yourself these questions:

  • What type of things do you want your apartment to be around? An L station, grocery store, restaurants, shops?
  • Do you need to be close to work? How long of a commute are you comfortable with having?
  • What are your must-haves within the apartment? Washer/dryer in-unit, hardwood flooring, a beautiful view, high-end finishes, room for a dining table?
  • What do you care about in the building? Do you need an on-site fitness center or will you keep the gym membership? What about door staff and 24/7 maintenance?

Luxury Living Chicago Realty’s apartment website features the city’s best rental inventory. Search our listings to see specific unit features, pet policies, building amenities, and neighborhood information. Our site also includes information about Chicago’s neighborhoods, resource guides, and details about our process and what it’s like working with one of our experienced brokers.


Our client reviews explain how our team can provide seamless service for an apartment search tailored to your preferences, feedback, and only show you the best options for your criteria, plus our service is completely complimentary.

However, if working with our team isn’t the best fit for your search, most of Chicago’s available listings can be found on sites like Zillow, HotPads, and Domu. It’s best to start looking between 90-45 days before your ideal move date, when landlords and property management companies have a better understanding of their availability for your move. Set search filters to match your priorities and budget, then check in continuously for new postings.

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