Posted by Dave Stanton into Apartments
It’s that time of the year again. Crunch time to find the right apartment before your current lease ends. And while a new place has plenty of excitement in store for the future, choosing the right one can be quite frustrating once you dive head first into the search.
With plenty of apartment leasing in several different cities under my belt, I have come up with an extensive list of qualities to look for in your new apartment lease.
Safety first! Does your complex look safe at first glance? If it doesn’t, skip out of there quick. If it does, still go online and find the police reports for the area. You might be surprise that a place that looks relatively safe may have several break-ins booked for the past month. If this is the case, continue looking elsewhere.
First impression is a must. When you first visit the complex, look closely at the relationship between the management staff. If you are not treated courteously when they want to get your business, what is there to expect after they already do. A well-trained, serviceable staff will become imperative when you have a leaking faucet or a broken toilet.
Ask about maintenance. How many workers do they have on staff for how many units? While at first you may be attracted to the beauty of the place, maintenance will become a must for a good living. Also ask about the process of requesting their help and the time expectancy for a problem to be fixed. If the answers are not clear and seem sketchy, the help you get will be too.
Ask to see the actual unit you will be staying in or a similar one. Many places only show models, and in this case, you are out of luck. But what many people don’t know is that these places often have designated units to show a prospective tenant if they are asked to. Although it is not preferable for the leasing agent, it is important for you as the model often looks nothing like the actual thing.
If the apartment is all inclusive, ask about potential caps. What places don’t often tell you is that although utilities might be included in the rent, there is a spending limit in place. Once you reach this limit, the tenant is responsible for the remaining costs.
If allowed to see the actual unit, be very observant of details. Check that the water pressure works fine and that all locks are sturdy and working correctly. Also, make sure all appliances are working and look around to spot any potential water damage or leaks. Presentation might be impressive, so you must look beyond that to the aspects that are truly important.
Check for any bug trails or any other evidence of insects or rats. This is important outside as well as inside. In the actual apartment, look inside the cabinets and under the sink. Outside, look for trails or anything leading to potential need for extermination services.
*Finally, don’t feel pressure to quickly run through your inspection. You will be paying valuable money for the place, so take your time and don’t rush.
Now take these tips and go out there to find your future home. Happy hunting!