if you live alone, what do you look for in an apartment?

Especially if you're renting alone. is it price, location, any features?

if i make $50,000 / year before taxes, plus commission as i work inside sales, is around $1,000 / month too much, enough, could i look for a little higher?

i have a car, and pay insurance. car is paid off. i have a cell phone. and will need internet. i have some basic furniture i can take with me. and obviously will need to pay for food. maybe aim for $150 / month.

i will need to get renters insurance.

i think this year i might make another $10,000 in commission.


i live near suburbs of sw Chicago.

7 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    For me it is price, location & allows my dogs. Yes, you could look for higher. Your rent should never be more than 1/3 your gross monthly income.

  • R P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    My "must haves" if I'm looking to rent a place (I move frequently for my day job):

    Central Heat & Air


    Garbage Disposal

    Washer/Dryer in unit - or inexpensive laundry facilities onsite

    Private outside area I.e. - patio or balcony, preferably screened

    Has always been a non-smoking unit

    Prefer to have:

    Tile or wood floors

    Modern appliances

    Corian (or better) counter tops

  • 2 months ago

    $1,000 is a bit too high already, but your life, your choices. {I prefer an easy commute to work.}

  • 2 months ago

    food is typically minimum 200/month if you are very frugal....plan on 300 more likely...and don't forget about things like toilet paper

    • SumDude
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      He is only earning $50,000 - before taxes. The commission is not guaranteed. Easy math says 48.000/ 12 = 4,000 per month. and 1/4 of that (a reasonable standard) = $1,000 per month. Next step is to say that taxes will be more than $2,000 (indeed FICA alone is $3800+) so I settled on $1,000.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A low or no crime area. Good locks. Quiet surroundings. Lowest rent for all of these.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A roof is good, locking door, no hot and cold running vermin.

  • 2 months ago

    $50,000 won't be enough in California. You'd be lucky to afford a 3 bedroom house for over $200k.

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