The Ask Money Guide to Renting Your First Apartment

Photo Courtesy: [Geber86/Getty Images]

Are you getting ready to rent your first apartment? It’s definitely an exciting prospect — you’ll have your own space that you’ll get to decorate and, most importantly, call your own. But how do you get from scrolling through apartment listings online to filling out your lease application and purchasing renters insurance? Thinking about the logistics of it all is exhilarating, if not a little daunting.

Becoming a renter for the first time is an important rite of passage, and it’s one that comes with quite a few steps, responsibilities and checklists. But it’s also a time of freedom when you’ll get to decide what kind of place you really want to live in. To help you get ready for the process, we’ve prepped this guide that’ll show you how to navigate everything from budgeting for rent payments to finding a great apartment to paying your security deposit.