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So, you’re looking for a new Roosevelt apartment, but you’re not sure what sort of floor plan you should go for? 

Here are 6 quick and dirty tips to help you decide on the right floor plan:

1. Work within your budget

It’s not rocket science. Of course, you can’t opt a floorplan that you’re unable to afford. But remember, your apartment budget is not limited to just your monthly rent amount. You must consider utilities, fees, commutes, and any other monthly costs you could encounter.

Pro tip: Opting for a smaller floor plan that you’re able to afford more easily will provide you with a more fulfilling home life. More financial breathing room never hurts!

2. Consider the needs of everyone who will live there

How big is your clan? Just you and your spouse? Roommates? Got kids? How many? Hopefully, these are questions you’ve answered before you’ve even started considering certain places. Because it’s likely and the constraints and requirements of those you live with are guiding your decision.

Having said that, choosing the right floor plan for your family is more than just choosing the number of rooms; you need to make sure you have enough shared space, along with bedrooms, to provide your family with both privacy and room to interact. Remember to consider storage space, bathrooms, and space for hosting guests and parties. Remember, you’ve got a whole life to consider here!

Pro Tip: In addition to spacious floor plans, Eleanor Apartments has a number of communal spaces within the building to provide residents more than enough space both inside and outside their units, which is helpful for families and individuals alike.  

3. Consider all aspects of your life

Many apartment hunters make the terrible mistake of solely considering one aspect of life when choosing a particular floor plan, work or home. You may go for a smaller apartment because it affords you a speedy commute. Or, you may choose a larger apartment with a longer commute time if the comfort is worth it to you. Remember to always consider both your home and work lives when choosing a floor plan. If you preference one over the other, eventually you’ll either be stressed over your commute or uncomfortable in your home.

Pro Tip: Eleanor Apartments has the best of both worlds: a variety of comfortable floorplans combined with a central location for an easy commute and at-home comfort.

4. Understand the Benefits and Limitations of your Floorplan

It’s important to thoroughly understand the benefits and limitations of your potential apartment before you make a final decision, which involves more than just considering the available space. It means considering that space’s functionality. Remember, even the largest apartment can suffer from a poor layout, or likewise, a teeny-tiny apartment can exude functionality and comfort if designed properly.

Pro tip: Remember, when choosing a floorplan, comfort and functionality should be of equal priority, and a ‘smaller’ floor plan isn’t always a con.

5. Don’t disregard the Pro’s

A professional interior designer, a realtor, or a property manager are all make good consultants if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing the right floor plan. Professionals like these can help get you to start asking the right questions. Interior designers are great sounding boards for your layout ideas, and realtors/property managers are wonderful resources for information concerning an apartment’s design, it’s functionality, and the experience of the previous tenant, if any.

Pro tip: The property managers at Eleanor have heard all the typical questions concerning the floor plans and the building, and they are more than well-equipped to aid you in your decision.

6. Trust Your Gut

Don’t be too analytical! Remember that your choice of the “correct” floorplan has a lot to do with your gut feeling, the feeling of what’s right for you and yours. When it comes down to it, only you will know how you’re going to feel about an apartment in the future, so your opinion is the one you should trust above all others. If you’re unsure about a particular floor plan when you first move-in, believe us, you’re not going to learn to love it. You’ll only find more things that you dislike.

Pro Tip: There’s no need to be too cerebral when choosing a floor plan. Of course, you have to apply some logic, because you can’t just go on feeling alone. But, don’t neglect your feelings in favor of the most logical choice. You should be able to find a comfortable apartment that you love, even if you’re on a budget.

Fortunately, at Eleanor, we make it easy on our tenants. Not only do we have a variety of floorplans to suit all sorts of lifestyles and individuals, but each of our floorplans is also expertly crafted to provide a ton of living space, ample natural light, and comfort.

If you’re searching for an apartment in the Roosevelt neighborhood of Seattle, and you’re feeling bogged down by the choice of a location, a building, and a floorplan, let the professionals at Eleanor lend a hand. We promise you won’t regret it!

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