What To Look For When Renting an Apartment
If you are searching for an apartment to lease there is so much to think about. Where do you want to be located? How much do you want to pay? How big do I need my apartment? While these are all very important questions to ask, there are some questions you might forget about if you don’t think about the long term image of living in this apartment. Here is a list of questions to ask and what to look for when renting an apartment.
One question you should ask is if there is residential quiet hours. This is good to know if you tend to have friends over at later hours, play an instrument, or have a pet. If any of these will bother other tenants because of noise, this might not be the right place for you. Remember, this goes for the other tenants too. If you are easily bothered by noise surrounding you, think about a place with more strict quiet hours.
Also, don’t simply assume that once you move in the space is entirely yours to make home. Make sure you ask if painting or nailing art to the wall is allowed. You won’t want to be charged for wall alterations when you move out. Most older places are okay with paint, so if art is important to you, think about moving into an older building.
Other things to be aware of are parking and garbage. Make sure you ask about parking before you sign the lease. If the apartment is already over your budget, don’t find out that you have to pay to park when you have already signed on the dotted line. Also, make sure that you know where the garbage goes, and ask about the recycling policy. Some apartment buildings are more strict than others when it comes to the recycling going in the right area.
It is important to remember that even if the apartment looks amazing, sometimes policies may take away that charm. Don’t be afraid to ask all of these question plus more so you are still happy with your apartment even months after you sign the lease.