Do’s and don’ts for apart­ment hunt­ing in Bos­ton.

Ev­ery­thing you need to know for find­ing the per­fect pad.

Metro USA (Boston) - - FRONT PAGE - MATT JUUL @MetroBOS let­ters@metro.us

Apart­ment hunt­ing in the city is no easy task, es­pe­cially if you’re look­ing for a place to hang your hat at the last minute. Who has the time to sift through all those listings and pa­per­work? Luck­ily, Brook­line-based real es­tate agent Keith Flo­rian is here with five es­sen­tial do’s and don’ts for land­ing your per­fect pad in Bos­ton.

1 Don’t ac­cept the first place you find

Take your time to see three, four places so you can get an idea of what you like and what you don’t like. Many times peo­ple just grab the first thing that they see and they end up re­gret­ting it just a cou­ple of months into it.

2 Do take the time to scout out neigh­bor­hoods

Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion. You want to make sure that you have an idea of ex­actly where you want to live. Bos­ton is re­ally small, so you want to make sure that you have good ac­cess to pub­lic trans­porta­tion and ma­jor routes to wher­ever you’re work­ing. What­ever’s im­por­tant to you or your room­mates.

3 Sign a con­tract

If you don’t sign a con­tract with a bro­ker, that means they don’t have fidu­ciary du­ties to you. Then they’re in the list­ing agent’s in­ter­est, so to speak. They’re in­ter­est is to just get the com­mis­sion. The best thing to do is to sign a con­tract with some­body who’s look­ing out for your in­ter­ests.

4 Do find a trust­wor­thy agent

A lot of time I’m find­ing that stu­dents and even busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als, are go­ing on their own to get a place. They’re not hav­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion and they’re not sign­ing con­tracts with peo­ple, and that’s ac­tu­ally a very bad thing. Honestly, you’re go­ing to pay a bro­ker fee, whether it’s to the list agent or to your agent, the buyer’s agent. You might as well have a busi­ness pro­fes­sional who’s fight­ing on your be­half.

5 Don’t rent an apart­ment with­out in­sur­ance

Renter’s in­sur­ance is very cheap. I think for the whole year it’s like $100-$150, and it will cover your stuff. If you’ve only got your clothes or what­ever, it’s not a big deal. But if you’ve got ex­pen­sive items that you want to make sure are kept safe in case some­thing gets bro­ken into or what­ever, it’s some­thing that you want to keep in the back of your mind.

Take the has­sle out of apart­ment hunt­ing. ISTOCK

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