Some Guidelines When Hunting for Apartment Rentals
The immediate action of people when they found a house or apartment that they like is to move in. 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.
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. Be sure to ask the owner of the apartment if they would ask for a security deposit or a move in fee. Moving into larger houses and apartment buildings has some rules to follow like limited days and hours on when you can move so that you do not disturb the present residents. 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. Sometimes the closet in your apartment is not big enough for your things, and so it is best to inquire if there is an extra storage in the building and ask if there is a storage fee. It is advisable to see if the apartment has other basic amenities like a washing machine, a laundry site, a refrigerator, a stove, a garbage disposal, or an air conditioning system or individual unit, and others..
When you are checking out the apartment, be sure to check out also the neighborhood of the building where you will be staying. See if the apartment has access to public transportation, near or far from the grocery stores, gym, restaurants, bars or cafes.