KWhen you begin your apartment search, you should get started fairly early. Give yourself at least 3 or 4 weeks, because the vacancy rate is an intimidatingly low 2.5%. But don't be put off: this just shows how popular this community is. Great minds think alike!
What to Look For Just because the apartments in Commack, NY are in demand, don't assume they'll be in perfect condition. You should be ready to jump at a good deal when it's offered, but first check out the community and the apartment thoroughly.
On the Ground Research Before you begin checking out your dream one bedroom apartment, take a day or two and explore the entire town. It's a small place, so you can get a good feeling about each neighborhood, the local amenities, and potential neighbors fairly quickly. Visit the stores and strike up conversations with people, take in the vibe, and think about if you would like to be there everyday.
Look in the Nooks and Crannies Once you get a feel for the community, start looking at the apartment rentals. Take your time, get on your hands and knees and open up the cupboards. Look in the corners of the cabinets for signs of bugs, and rodents, and check all the pipes for leaks. You're not being crazy, you're just saving yourself future headaches (and bedbug bites).
What You Need Commack is a bit of an exclusive community, not because of any attitudes or beliefs, but because of the high cost of living, Landlords can afford to be picky. Whether they're renting a studio apartment or a 3 bedroom home, someone will come along soon to rent it. You will absolutely need at least first month's rent, a security deposit, a report of your salary and length of employment from your employer, and some decent references.
Unfortunately, this can be a bit of a hassle, but you'll have to grin and bear it: there really is a line going out the door of people desperate for an apartment. Don't worry, it'll all be over before you know it.
The good thing about Commack is that there aren't a lot of differences between the neighborhoods. Read on for brief descriptions of the major Commack neighborhoods:
North Commack: The elite part of Commack. It's full of houses and a few townhouses.
Indian Head Rd & Old Northport Rd: A nice place for renters, this neighborhood has some low-rise apartments and small family homes for rent.
Town Center: The most inexpensive part of Commack, it's full of small to mid-sized homes, as well as townhouses.
Jericho Tpke & Old Indian Head Rd: Most of the homes here were built between 1945 and 1964, so they look a little like they came from an old black and white TV show: just think of it as retro.
Harned Rd: This neighborhood has a really wholesome, _Leave It To Beaver _kind of vibe.
Commack has a small town feeling, and there are lots of activities for families, with parks and activity centers. If you want a hip social life, you'll have to leave town--but Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan are just a drive away. And just think, you have a quiet, clean, and friendly haven to return to once you get all the party out of your system.