Perhaps you’re new to renting an apartment, or you might be searching for the perfect first apartment in your new city. Whatever your reason, this post will help you by giving a rundown of some things to consider when looking for a place which is suggested by Cryptocirclex. I will also be including my top 10 list of things. I think are important to look at when you are evaluating an apartment.
Pretty self-explanatory here, but location is one of the most important aspects you should look into before renting a place. Think about what groceries and necessities of life that you use the most. Also look for those places whether it be a grocery store, pharmacy, or even a restaurant. Another thing to think about is transportation. It’s nice to live in a good location within walking distance from work/school (if applicable). But if there’s not any transit around, then it kinda defeats the purpose doesn’t it?
2. Lease Period
This is the amount of time you will have to live there. If you are looking for a long-term lease, don’t go with an apartment complex where the lease period is only 6 months or less. Considering that rent is usually around $950-1,500/month. But they are offering you only 6 months at a time, I’d say it’s not worth it. A good rule of thumb is the longer you can stay there (with consideration for other people’s lives as well), the better.
3. Maintenance Costs
Another important aspect to consider when renting an apartment is the maintenance costs. Ask your potential landlord if the appliances you need to use in the kitchen and bathroom are included in the rent price and also ask what kind of equipment those appliances have. This will give you a rough estimate of what you will be paying for in terms of utilities and repairs over time. If the landlord is not going to clean it, you should make sure that the carpet is in good shape (no stains or holes) and floors are also clean.
4. Rental Application
This is a crucial part of renting an apartment. A lot of people will look at your credit, past landlords, and criminal record. These are important when considering whether or not you get approved to rent an apartment from them. Don’t be discouraged however! You can always talk to them face-to-face about your application. And say why you don’t have any negative history with past landlords or debts. Also, be sure to bring your references with you when you apply.
5. See If It’s Accepted By Your Campus
Another important thing to know when renting an apartment is that there are different organizations or companies that have a great deal of control over what apartments and condominiums are available for rent in their areas. For example, if your campus has a housing department, then you need to see if the apartment is accepted by them.
When looking for an apartment, try to find one with good security features. Make sure that there are security cameras around the property and they are operational (obviously). Another thing is that you can always ask around your friends or other people within the neighborhood. Ask those people who might have some good tips about crime rates and stuff like that.
7. How Many Bedrooms?
The number of bedrooms say a lot about the size of an apartment. One-bedroom apartments often have an open layout with a living room and a kitchen (separated by bar counter). While two-bedroom apartments usually have two separate rooms with their own bathroom. When looking for the perfect sized apartment, don’t forget to consider the amount of space that you need. If you are traveling around, living in a hotel will be your best bet. But if you think it’s going to be longer than 3 months, then renting an apartment for that time would be better.
8. What Do Other People Think?
Another thing that you should look into is what other people think of the apartment that you are looking at. Go on apartment-rating websites such as rentcafe or trulia and look for general reviews about the landlord and the apartment. Also, make sure to take a look at the neighborhood because some areas will have higher crime rates or lower property values (compared to others).
9. How Long Will The Lease Period Be?
A lease period of 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, etc is not always going to be accepted by everyone but depending on what kind of lifestyle you want to live in, it can be very beneficial. If you are leaving for job offers in another city, then don’t be afraid to ask the landlord about the lease period because if there is one that is long enough for you, then take that. But if you have other people (including yourself) who live there with you, then consider a shorter lease period.
10. I’m Throwing In My Own Top 10 Things To Be Looking For When Renting An Apartment:
Cleanliness – Is the apartment clean?
This is very important because your peace of mind will be at stake and so will your health. Make sure if they guarantee it to be clean when you move in.