There are many ways to save money living in an apartment. Costs add up fast, and moving isn’t cheap. Everyone has learned a few tricks to the trade during their time, and we’re willing to share our secrets with you.

How Can I Save Money by Moving During the Winter?

Most people do not want to move in the cold and snow. It’s not impossible; it’s just inconvenient. Apartment communities are desperate to keep their units occupied and offer numerous benefits for signing a lease during the winter.

When you move during the winter, look for communities offering one month rent-free (usually the first or last month). Likewise, communities may advertise discounted or waived security deposits for winter move-ins.

Can I Negotiate the Rent?

You absolutely can negotiate the rent with the landlord, leasing agent, or property manager. Why would you settle for the advertised price for an apartment when no one pays the sticker price for a car? If your heart’s set on an apartment community, research what similar communities in the area are advertising. You can use their fees in your favor and save money.

When you move during the winter, look for communities offering one month rent-free (usually the first or last month). Likewise, communities may advertise discounted or waived security deposits for winter move-ins.

How Do Amenities Benefit Me?

Apartment communities provide many amenities that allow you to save money. For example, you don’t have to pay for a gym membership if your apartment community has a fitness center. You don’t have to pay for internet if the community offers free wi-fi throughout the entire building. Take note of which communities offer which amenities. One community may look more expensive than another, but the cheaper community most likely doesn’t provide as many amenities.

How Can I Use Maintenance to My Advantage?

Your monthly rent pays for the maintenance department. It’s their job to fix any repairs promptly. After all, why should you pay full price for something that doesn’t work?

If your apartment isn’t functioning correctly, such as your washer, dryer, or air conditioning, ensure you tell the property manager to receive a discount on rent. You should never pay a whole month’s rent if your apartment is not functioning fully!

How Can I Save Money on Utilities?

Some apartment communities will include utility costs in your monthly rent. These lease agreements can be advantageous or disadvantageous, so you must do your homework.

Compare the rent of utility-included communities with utility-excluded communities. Remember, utilities are a fluctuating expense; you must ask the property manager if your monthly rent will fluctuate with costs or if utilities will be a flat fee. Suppose you can save a few bucks, great! This will simplify budgeting as you will have fewer expenses to include in your spreadsheet.

Living isn’t cheap, but there are methods to saving money. Move-in during the winter to score a sweet special (and negotiate the rent while you’re at it). Be mindful of the amenities and lease agreements offered; some will work in your favor while others won’t. The fewer expenses you have to pay means more money in your pocket. Don’t get discouraged, and keep your eyes peeled for good deals; those units will fill quickly. Keep an open mind and be flexible; sometimes, the best apartment community for your buck isn’t your first choice.