What to Look for in an Apartment for Rent
After house or apartment hunting, once people see a place they think they love, what they would do is to move in immediately. But sometimes, after the transfer and arrangements in the new place, one will find that the place is not exactly what he or she is looking for. 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.
Fortunately, there are some guidelines that you can watch out for while looking for a new place.
One thing you need to ask first is about the lease. Ask the leaser if they require a security deposit or if they require move in fees. Note that in larger houses and apartment buildings, moving in is limited to certain days and hours so as not to disturb the other residents. 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. Other issues you should know are like if there is or no broker’s fee, or if the rental fee is controlled.
Another matter that you should check are the amenities of the building. We cannot live without our cell phone, so the signal or reception should be checked by walking around with your cell phone and test the signal. If you have a car, you should ask if there is off-street parking available, how much it costs, or if you have other parking option in the area. 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. You should inquire for other equipment like availability of washing machines, a laundry site, a refrigerator in the unit, a stove, a garbage disposal, and if the house has a centralized air conditioning system or you can install your own air con unit, and others..
Checking out the neighborhood is one concern that you should do if you are renting the particular apartment. See if the apartment has access to public transportation, near or far from the grocery stores, gym, restaurants, bars or cafes.