A Simple Plan: Rentals

How Do You Pick a Good Apartment?

Moving to a new home can be fun and draining both at once. Certainly, you’ll want this decision to be one of the best you’ve ever made. Then again, there are a few points you have to cover as you go hunting for that dream apartment of yours.

Location

Probably number one on your list of concerns when selecting an apartment is location. For practicality, the place should be within a reasonable distance from your workplace or your kids’ school, or at least, you shouldn’t have a problem taking public transportation. Take note, however, that apartment listings can be exaggerated when they talk about proximity to important spots, like hospitals, shopping areas, etc. To be sure, you can track the distance yourself using your GPS.

Design

Apartments can have unique layouts even if they are all in the same complex with exactly the same square footage. If you need a home office, make sure there will be space that you can dedicate to that. If you like hosting parties, pick an apartment with a spacious entertainment area.

Refurbishing

When you take a look at a property, take notes of the details. Do the walls need a fresh layer of paint? How about the kitchen and bathroom fixtures, like faucets, shower heads, etc.? It’s probably best to take pictures too. And about the damages, make sure the landlord knows about them too.

Amenities

Obviously, you have to choose an apartment that offers the amenities you need, like a gym, additional parking space, in-home washer and dryer, and more. Also ask about such things as building costs, pet fees, utilities and Internet and cable services. These may all seem like small details, but they do add up.

Your Financial Ability

Don’t decide on an apartment unless you’ve made comparisons with similar properties in the neighborhood, especially in terms of the price. If it has a higher price than the others, what amenities make it a worthwhile choice? Ask yourself if you can afford the property, and be as honest as possible. Remember to factor in all your other monthly expenses as you consider the apartment’s cost. If ends don’t meet, consider the idea of having a roommate.

Lease Agreement

After finding an apartment you think is right for you, read the lease agreement thoroughly, paying attention to the fine print and making sure that all the basics are included, like amenities, germs and payments, additional costs and the like. What happens if you beak the lease? Can you sublet when you’re away? These are questions you need answers to before signing any documents.

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