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. However, some would find out that the place is not after all their dream place after undergoing the transfer and arranging of their things. Being excited to move in a new apartment, many people would tend to overlook some important matters when renting a new place.
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.
No need to worry because there are some easy tips that you can follow when you are hunting for a new apartment.
First matter you have to ask is about the lease. Ask the owner of the unit if there is a security deposit and if there are any 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. It is suggested that you ask the owner of the unit if the utilities are part of the rent. Ask also about the flexibility of the terms of the lease, from six months or a year period. 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. 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.