Finding Parallels Between Homes and Life
December 28, 2016
What to Look for in an Apartment for Rent
After house or apartment hunting, once people see a place they think they love, what they would do is to move in immediately. However, some would find out that the place is not after all their dream place after undergoing the transfer and arranging of their things. 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.
Some basic details like the habit of the neighbor living upstairs that disturbs you because they make noise in the middle of the night, or the position of your place would block the cell phone signal, and others.
Fortunately, there are some guidelines that you can watch out for while looking for a new place.
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. 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. 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 matters that you should inquire are like presence of broker’s fee or if the rental fee is controlled.
The next thing you should consider looking into are the amenities present in the property. Our cell phone is one gadget that we cannot do away with, and so you have to test the reception in the area first by walking around with your phone and test the signal. For those who have cars, it is better to ask if there is off-street parking available in the area, how much it would cost you, or are there other alternative parking spaces around the building. 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. You should inquire for other equipment like availability of washing machines, a laundry site, a refrigerator in the unit, a stove, a garbage disposal, and if the house has a centralized air conditioning system or you can install your own air con unit, and others..
Checking out the neighborhood is one concern that you should do if you are renting the particular apartment. 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.