Things You Should Know About Renting an Apartment Down South
July 27, 2021 (Investorideas.com Newswire) While the process is pretty much the same for renting an apartment anywhere in the U.S., there are some things you should know if you're moving down south as a northerner. Whether you're looking at Dallas apartments or places in the deep south like Biloxi or Birmingham, you can make your transition easier by taking these factors into account.
Cost of Living
As you research apartments and the cost of rent, in most cases you'll notice that you'll pay a lot less than you would if you were renting a place in a northern city for example. The least expensive rents tend to be in the south, at $650 a month on average in Shreveport, Louisiana, while El Paso, Texas is $700. Compare that to anywhere from $2,150 to $2,700 a month for the nation's most expensive cities: Boston, New York City, and San Francisco. It's not just the rent either, the cost of living overall is cheaper in the south.
You're probably asking, "What snow? There's snow in the south?" While it is obviously warmer, there is still a possibility of snow in many areas, something that's increased in recent years due to climate change. What that means is southerners haven't really learned how to drive when it snows so pretty much everything closes down even if there's just an inch on the ground. If you decide to go out, do so carefully. Even if it doesn't snow, it can get chilly in the winter so you'll still need at least a light coat and/or a heavier sweater and some rain gear too.
You Might Want to Stock Up on Tea, and Alcohol
If you haven't heard the term "sweet tea," you probably haven't spent much time in the south. In the southern states, it's a staple, even more popular than Coca Cola. It's served everywhere from fast food chains to fine dining restaurants and if you just ask for tea, you're going to get sweet tea, which is not just sweet, it's extremely sweet, almost as if there's more sugar than tea in that glass. If you plan on having guests over, you'll want to have a pitcher of homemade sweet tea in your fridge, so be sure and stock up on black tea and sugar.
If you're looking for a stronger beverage on a Sunday and aren't already stocked up, you might be out of luck. In many areas of the south you won't be able to buy it as it's illegal to sell alcohol on Sundays, including Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama.
A Gym May Be a Necessity
As the home of famous southern comfort foods like biscuits and fried chicken, you might want to make sure the apartment you rent is in a complex with a gym. While there's no doubt the cuisine is delicious it's not exactly friendly to a small waistline.
When talking to the apartment manager, or pretty much anyone else, be sure to say "Yes Ma'am," "Yes Sir" and the like. While it might sound awkward to those from the north, it's an everyday part of the vernacular here. If you don't, you could come off as rude.
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