What to Look for in an Apartment for Rent
The immediate action of people when they found a house or apartment that they like is to move in. Unfortunately, some would find the new place a disappointment after all the hard work of transferring things and arranging them. Being excited to move in a new apartment, many people would tend to overlook some important matters when renting a new place.
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.
Fortunately, there are some guidelines that you can watch out for while looking for a new place.
The immediate matter you have to ask is about the lease. Ask the leaser if they require a security deposit or if they require move in fees. 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. It is suggested that you ask the owner of the unit if the utilities are part of the rent. Ask also about the flexibility of the terms of the lease, from six months or a year period. Other issues you should know are like if there is or no broker’s fee, or if the rental fee is controlled.
The next thing you should consider looking into are the amenities present in the property. 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. People who have cars must ask if there is off-street parking, how much would you pay for it, or if there are other alternative parking areas in the vicinity. 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. Check out also if the building where your apartment will be has access to public transportation, is it near to a grocery store, or a bar, or cafes, or a gym, and others.