You’re ready to find a new place in Oxnard, CA. But, before you start the hunting process, there are a few decisions you have to make. Moving out for the first time is exciting, but it can be a real nightmare if you don’t take the time to do it properly.
Did You Set a Budget?
Oxnard is one of the cheaper areas to live in Ventura County, but rental rates are on the rise. Before you start hunting for apartments, sit down and set your budget. How much can you afford for a one bedroom? Two bedroom? You should not spend more than 30 percent of your monthly income on rent. This ensures you have enough money left over for utilities, groceries and other bills you might have.
What Neighborhood Do You Want?
Oxnard is a fast growing metropolis. You will have small suburban neighborhoods as well as apartments located in the downtown area. Oxnard is also known for having a few questionable areas. So, you may want to acquaint yourself with the different areas of Oxnard first. Create a list of your ideal neighborhoods — making sure they’re not only safe, but in close proximity to work or school.
Are You Getting a Roommate?
Southern California is known for its high rental rates. Sometimes to make that rent tolerable, getting a roommate can help. If the Oxnard neighborhood you’re looking at is a little pricier (such as the areas with new apartments or right off the harbor), you may want to consider getting a roommate to help you foot that monthly bill. It is a good idea to get a roommate before you actual hunt though, that way you know what you get is something you both can afford.
List the Amenities You Absolutely Must Have
Some of the newer apartment complexes in Oxnard are full of amenities like a fitness center, laundry in the apartment units, and a pool. Older apartment complexes, however, come with no amenities. You’ll want to list the amenities you cannot live without and then list those that are optional and would be nice. This will help you narrow down your choices as well.
Coast or Inland?
Oxnard does span from inland out to the coast. If you want to live closer to the water, expect a higher rental rate than the apartments located further away. Remember that you can always go inland and drive — a 10-minute drive to the beach could save you a few hundred dollars each month.