Looking for an apartment is such a fun time, especially when it is your first apartment. Whether you are going to live alone, or live with roommates, there are things you need to think about and consider before you even start your search.

The Village Apartments in Cedar City offer these four things to consider before you start your hunt for the perfect apartment:

Are you living alone or with roommates? This is the first thing you need to consider is whether or not you are living with any other people. If you are going to be living with other people, you will need to coordinate with them through every step of the apartment hunting process. You also need to make sure they will hold up their end of the deal with rent and other payments.

What is your budget? Typically, people pay about 30% of their monthly net income on rent. However, rent is not the only payment you will have. You have to take into consideration, utilities, Internet, cable, etc. Figure out what your budget will be, and use that 30% as the high end of your monthly budget.

Where do you want to live? Each neighborhood has its own traits, characteristics, and demographics. Do a search of neighborhoods in the city you want to live in and narrow your search down to your top two or three neighborhoods. This should make your search go a lot faster.

What are you looking for? Are there certain amenities that you just cannot live without; a dish washer, washer and dryer, swimming pool? Make a note of these things and keep them in mind when you are apartment searching.