If you’ve ever had to look for an apartment, you know the process can be nerve-racking; even more so if you are new to a city or are looking in a competitive market where hoards of people show up to every open house.
Whether you’re moving out on your own for the first time or downsizing as an empty-nester, nearly everyone rents at some stage in life. Before you start apartment hunting, check out these tips for renters that will come in handy.
SET YOUR BUDGET AND STICK TO IT
The benefits of having your budget set are numerous, but the biggest one is that you immediately narrow your search down, which will save you time and effort on the way.
RESEARCH YOUR CHOSEN APARTMENT
One of the smartest things you can do before renting an apartment in a certain apartment complex is Google it and see if there are any complaints or reviews from current residents. Chances are good the agent or property manager won’t tell it to you (but Google surely will).
FIND OUT HOW MUCH STORAGE IS AVAILABLE
Raise your hand if you also think that there’s never enough storage space in your home. No matter how big your new place seems at first glance, soon enough it turns out you need extra space to store your winter clothes or books you’ve already finished reading.
CLARIFY PARKING SITUATION
In nearly all the cases, parking space near apartment buildings is limited. So if you’re a car owner, you’d better ask your prospective landlord about parking policy right away.
FIND OUT IF UTILITIES ARE INCLUDED
Renting an apartment with all utilities included saves money and effort. When you don’t have to worry about extra money to cover electricity or Internet bills, managing your monthly budget becomes a lot easier.
CHECK THE WATER PRESSURE
If you’ve never lived in high-rises before, you might not even know that weak water pressure can be a huge problem. There is nothing more annoying than not being able to take a shower at your home simply because there are too many people already taking a shower at their homes.
ASK ABOUT COMMUNITY RULES
To save yourself a trouble, check out if some of the apartment community rules are present and think whether or not you’ll be comfortable following them day in and day out.
TALK TO YOUR PROSPECTIVE NEIGHBORS
That’s one of the best things you can do as a prospective renter, seriously. By simply talking to your possible neighbors you’ll kill two birds with one stone.
NEGOTIATE THE TERMS AND PRICES
In nearly all the cases, it’s possible to negotiate a better deal by simply talking to your prospective landlord. Especially, if you’re armed with relevant information like for how long the property has been vacan.
PRIORITIES OF AMENITIES
Choose three amenities that are your first priority and appreciate if your prospective apartment will feature more than that.
It’s often said that looking for a new apartment is like dating. You can either fall in love at first sight or decide to keep your options open. But with a bit of prep, you’ll find your compatible home in no time at all. Get ready to fall in love with your new space.