What to Look for in an Apartment for Rent
People who are looking for an apartment would immediately move in when they see a place that they like. However, some would find out that the place is not after all their dream place after undergoing the transfer and arranging of their things. Several people would fall into the trap of getting the place as soon as they see it, leaving some important details to be looked into before finalizing their decision.
There are some situations that you have not checked before moving in but found out only after you moved in, like the noise of your neighbor upstairs in the middle of the night, or that the building where your apartment is located blocked the signal of your cell phone, and so on.
Do not despair because we will present here briefly a list of details that you can follow so you will be able to find the right unit for you.
First matter you have to ask is about the lease. Be sure to ask the owner of the apartment if they would ask for a security deposit or a move in fee. Be aware that in larger houses and apartment buildings, you are limited to some days and hours when you move in to avoid disturbing the present occupants of other units. You should inquire if the utilities are part of the house rental or not. Inquire also how flexible are the terms of the lease, like can you go six months or twelve month lease. In some rental apartments, there are broker’s fee and rental fee is controlled, and these are just some of the things you should ask.
Another matter that you should check are the amenities of the building. Our cell phone is one gadget that we cannot do away with, and so you have to test the reception in the area first by walking around with your phone and test the signal. For those who have cars, it is better to ask if there is off-street parking available in the area, how much it would cost you, or are there other alternative parking spaces around the building. Sometimes the closet in your apartment is not big enough for your things, and so it is best to inquire if there is an extra storage in the building and ask if there is a storage fee. It is advisable to see if the apartment has other basic amenities like a washing machine, a laundry site, a refrigerator, a stove, a garbage disposal, or an air conditioning system or individual unit, and others..
When you are checking out the apartment, be sure to check out also the neighborhood of the building where you will be staying. It is also advisable that you see the accessibility of the apartment from public transportation, from a grocery store, or a cafe, or a gym or a drugstore, and so on.