With the prospect of finding a new place to rent hanging over their heads, most renters feel… excited.
According to the results of Apartment Guide’s recently-released survey, 46 percent of renters reported feeling excited about their housing hunt, and 40 percent feel optimistic. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though. Forty-four percent felt stressed during their property search, 35 percent felt overwhelmed and 31 percent felt worried.
Not surprisingly, the rising cost of rent and lack of properties available may be leading to some of the stress and negative feelings associated with the apartment search. Nearly half of renters said their budget is their priority when looking for a place, and 29 percent said location is a major factor. In fact, 62 percent of renters said where the property is trumps the actual property, and 74 percent reported they are moving to a place that is familiar to them.
Beyond location and price, the features tenants desire most are a washer/dryer in the property and gated access. A gym and swimming pool are also appreciated amenities. Hardwood floors, a rooftoop terrace, a cafe or coffee shop, Amazon lockers and shuttle service to public transportation were also liked, but not necessary, amenities.