Some Guidelines When Hunting for Apartment Rentals
After house or apartment hunting, once people see a place they think they love, what they would do is to move in immediately. Unfortunately, some would find the new place a disappointment after all the hard work of transferring things and arranging them. 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.
Some basic details like the habit of the neighbor living upstairs that disturbs you because they make noise in the middle of the night, or the position of your place would block the cell phone signal, and others.
Fortunately, there are some guidelines that you can watch out for while looking for a new place.
First 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. 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.
The next thing you should consider looking into are the amenities present in the property. Very important to us is our cell phone reception and so you should check this out by walking around the property, bringing 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. If you find that the storage in your unit is small, ask if the apartment has extra storage and if you have to pay for it. You should check out other important amenities such as the presence of a laundry site, or availability of washing machines, a garbage disposal, a refrigerator, a stove, or if there is an air conditioning unit in the apartment or a centralized air conditioning system, and so on..
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.