When shopping for apartments, you'll want to consider many aspects before you fill out a rental application. Be sure you see the exact unit or rental property that you would be renting — not a model. In your walk-through, be sure you take note of these things before you commit.
Take time to consider where you want to live during your apartment search. Living close to places you frequent can save money on gasoline and time in traffic.
- Safety features
Ask if the locks on the doors and sliding doors will be changed prior to move-in and ensure the smoke detectors, as well as carbon monoxide detectors, are operational.
- Evidence of pests
Look inside cabinets and drawers for any evidence of pests. Droppings or small holes can indicate a problem.
- First floor vs. upper floor
Living on the first floor may be convenient, but it may put you at a greater risk for break-ins.
- Unit location
If the apartment is right by the pool, elevator or party room, ask about the noise levels and their posted hours.
- Working appliances
Turn on the oven and stove. Use the ice maker and start the dishwasher.
- Water pressure and temperature
Turn on the faucets to ensure there is enough pressure. Start up a hot shower to see how long it takes to heat up.
Check around the sinks and toilet area for signs of water leaks. Look for discoloration or puckering on the floors.
A rental unit's features may influence your utility bills. For example, a top-floor apartment or an apartment with large windows that face the east or west will get more sun, boosting your electricity in the summer but possibly reducing it in the winter.
If you have a four-legged companion, make sure the rental property you're looking at is pet-friendly, and find out how much they ask for a pet deposit.
If you have concerns regarding any of these issues, report them right away to the building manager or property management, and consider choosing another apartment complex. It's also important to take into account application fees, sublet options and monthly rent.
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