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. 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. Being excited to move in a new apartment, many people would tend to overlook some important matters when renting a new place.
You could be experiencing some situations which you only realized once you moved in, such as the noisy habit of your neighbor on top of your unit that especially occurs at night, or your cell phone signal is blocked by some structures in your unit, 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. You should inquire if the utilities are part of the house rental or not. Inquire also how flexible are the terms of the lease, like can you go six months or twelve month lease. Other issues you should know are like if there is or no broker’s fee, or if the rental fee is controlled.
You should check out also the amenities provided in the area. 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. People who have cars must ask if there is off-street parking, how much would you pay for it, or if there are other alternative parking areas in the vicinity. 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. 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. 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.