Tips and tricks for first time apartment renters!

by | Nov 25, 2021 | Rental tips

We know the search for an apartment can be a stressful and challenging endeavor. When you add up all the responsibilities that come with moving out and moving into an apartment, its easy to feel utterly overwhelmed.

First time apartment renters, sit back and read on. Our apartment pros have some tips and trick to making your move- in process as easy as can be!

First-time apartment renters may have to deal with unreasonable landlords or neighbors, high rents, poor-quality, pet policies, etc. So, compile a list of the most important things you look for in a living space, start your search on time and be as thorough as possible. And yes, there is such a thing as the perfect apartment for you! To view our current properties, click HERE.

Before you move in

Whichever apartment type you choose, you should check if its building has a garage or a reserved parking spot. This will save you A LOT of time, energy, and money.

One of the first things to ask your property manager is if you have an assigned parking spot. Otherwise, ask your property manager when they think the best time of day is to move in. If you’re lucky, there will be a garage or a parking lot with plenty of room.


SMART budgeting goals are simple!! The SMART model is an acronym of Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely that has been widely used to set goals. Using this model to attain financial goals is a great way to set realistic budgets and stay on track!

A great budgeting technique is the 50/30/20 rule. Where you dedicate half of your after-tax income to necessities like food, rent, clothing, and bills, 30% should go toward entertainment and remaining 20% put aside for rainy days.

If your apartment rent and other expenses fit this budget strategy, you’re heading in a great direction!


While some apartment rents come with utilities included, most do not. You will likely have to pay separately for gas, electricity, cable, and internet. Find out about this in advance because it can significantly affect your budget.

Do some googling

One of the smartest things you can do before renting an apartment is to Google it and see if there are any complaints or reviews from current residents. If there are some problems with the building, chances are good the agent or property manager won’t tell you (but Google surely will). When there’s something serious going on with an apartment you should learn about it before signing your lease! Here at Prokey we take pride on being transparent of any issues and fixing them when they arrive. For more information about how we can guide you through the rental process, contact us today!

Talk to Your Prospective Neighbors

That’s one of the best things you can do as a prospective renter, seriously. By simply talking to your possible neighbors you’ll kill two birds with one stone. Not only will you get the idea of what kind of people are going to live next door, but you will also get a chance to learn some unobvious problems and peculiarities associated with an apartment and building.

Founded in 2019, ProKey manages over 300 units in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Our management has a long history in Real Estate Management, providing the expertise you need. Our residents, and the owners of the communities we manage, count on us to treat the communities we manage like our own. Contact us today for questions, concerns and to learn more about our properties.


Prokey team


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