If you’re considering a move in the near future or you’re already in the process of searching for Brighton apartments, it can be both an exciting and stressful time. It can be fun to take a tour of several properties, but you also want to make sure that you’re making the right decision for what you need and for your lifestyle. In today’s post from Elements at Prairie Ridge, we want to help by giving you some important things to remember as you start your search. Keep reading for some tips and then visit our website to learn more about our pet-friendly apartments. 

Location, Location, Location

choosing the right apartment, location is usually one of the top considerations. You’ll want to find one that is within a comfortable distance to work — you may fall in love with one apartment, but if it’s 50 miles away from where you work, it’s probably not going to be a good fit. 

You should also consider the community you’ll be living in and the proximity to dining, shopping, and entertainment. Some things may be a higher priority for you than others — like being close to a particular area of town, a park where you love to spend your time, or the main highway that will take you to the high country. Keep these priorities and preferences in mind as you consider the location of your new home.

Ask Questions About the Lease

As you’re researching and visiting different apartments, it’s important to ask questions about the policies and lease. That way you can avoid surprises later on down the road. For instance, you should be well informed of the rental agreement terms such as length of the lease, security deposit and other fees, average rent increase over the last five years, and terms for breaking a lease. 

Although you may not have any plans to stay in your new apartment for less than a year, things happen. You may get a new job and have to move or you may find a new partner and decide to move into their place. When life throws you an unexpected curveball, it’s good to be familiar with the terms of your lease so you aren’t stuck with extra penalty fees you weren’t expecting. 

Don’t forget to also ask about things like the pet policy. Even if you find an apartment that is pet-friendly, there are likely some stipulations. Don’t expect to be able to keep your entire herd of sled dogs in your apartment, and that “tame” pet raccoon you’ve had for two years is also likely not going to be allowed. 

Does It Meet Your Needs?

The ultimate question you have to ask yourself while doing your apartment search is, “Does it meet my needs?” To answer this question, consider the following:

  • Does it fit within my budget?
  • Is there enough room for me, my belongings, my roommate/family, etc.
  • Can I bring my dog/cat?
  • Are utilities included? Which ones?
  • Is extra storage available? 
  • Do units include a garage? What is the fee for the garage?
  • How far is it to work/school.the highway/the airport/public transportation
  • What is the community like — are there other people my age living there?

While this is certainly not an all-inclusive list of the questions to ask yourself during a search for a new apartment, it will give you a good starting point and will help you rule out ones that clearly are not a match.


Most apartment complexes come with some kind of shared amenities, so you’ll want to inquire about those as well. These extras can really make a difference when you’re considering which apartment to live in. For instance, apartments offering an onsite gym can save you time and a monthly membership fee at a gym. However, watch out for high-end amenities that you’ll never use but that you’ll still have to pay for. Some luxury apartments have been known to have everything ranging from personal butlers to an onsite bowling alley. It might sound like fun to have your own butler, but you can be sure that you’ll be paying a hefty price for it. 

Take a Tour

 If you think that you’ve found an apartment that may work for you, always make sure to take a tour (in person, if possible) of the amenities and the actual unit that you’ll be renting. Pictures always look great on a website, but sometimes they don’t match what you actually see in person. You’ll also want to take note of how well the property is maintained, what floor your apartment would be located on, and even talk to some of the residents if you get the chance to do so. 

Looking For Brighton Apartments?

If you’re in the process of looking for pet-friendly apartments in a wonderful community that’s only 20 minutes to both the airport and downtown Denver, you simply must take a look at The Elements at Prairie Center. Our luxury apartments have everything you could ever want —and more — without the luxury price tag. 

We have spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments that have been smartly-designed to maximize living space. All units feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer, and dryer plus a private balcony or patio. 

Besides having all of the modern conveniences you’re looking for in a home, we also offer plenty of extras to suit your lifestyle. For instance, we have a 24-hour fitness center, a swimming pool with hot tub, a community garden, and a modern clubhouse. These are just a few of the extra amenities you’ll be able to enjoy as a resident of our apartment community. Visit our amenities page to learn more. 

Are you ready to find the perfect place to call home? Save time searching for Brighton apartments and make an appointment to visit The Elements at Prairie Ridge today. We look forward to seeing you!