I'm looking into getting an apartment with someone in the near future, and had some general questions I thought some of the fine folks in the GB brain trust might be able to help me with. This is my first time since college, about 6 years ago, going out and looking for a place. So I'm a bit fuzzy on a few aspects. Back then the places I got were around $400 a month with utilities included. Every place I look for now has a minimum of around $600-$700 and utilities are never included since it's one of the more expensive places to live in the province.
Any who, here are the questions:
- A lot of these places ask for references, but as I don't really have any to give is there any suggestions for what I can give instead? Short of making stuff up and getting friends/family to lie, I'm not sure how I can get past this part. I'm a very quiet and clean person, but I'm certain that they won't just take me at my word.
Is there some way to look up what the utilities may cost in my area? I live on a very tight budget, and was wondering if anyone knew of some database somewhere that may have that sort of thing. I tried looking around google but all I could find where other forum threads of people talking about what they pay. Obviously it will vary from location to location, but even a general idea would be a good start. I'm in New Brunswick CanadaFound a site right after posting this. As per the usual.
I guess that's about it. Feel free to give any other advice or share any of your past experiences with getting new places. Also, any advice with living with a room mate? This will be my first time so I'm sure that will be an experience too.
EDIT: Dam it all. Typo in the title. Grrr...