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. 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. This is sometimes the case that many people would fall into a trap of living in a new place, that they tend to overlook some important matters when renting an apartment.
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. Be sure to ask the owner of the apartment if they would ask for a security deposit or a move in fee. 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 ask if the utilities are included in the rental of the apartment or not. Inquire also how flexible are the terms of the lease, like can you go six months or twelve month lease. Other matters that you should inquire are like presence of 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. Ask if the apartment has extra storage and how much it would cost you to use 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..
Another important matter that you should check out is the neighborhood of the building where you will be renting the apartment. 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.