When it’s time to move, your bank account probably comes to mind. It’s extremely important to find an apartment you can afford. That means knowing how much the deposit is, how much the monthly rent is going to be, and if there are any pet fees. You’ll also want to consider the fact that your rent will likely go up every year or two. Will you be able to afford your apartment then?
There’s no doubt that knowing what you can afford is important, but that’s not the only thing you should think about when renting an apartment.
Here are a few additional things you should consider that don’t have anything to do with money.
What kind of rental do you want?
It’s important to think about what kind of rental you want because there are so many different choices! Living in a large apartment complex is very different than renting a single-family home on a dead-end street.
In a way, this question addresses your lifestyle. Do you want to live in a trendy apartment downtown so you’re close to the action? Or would you rather live in a townhouse in a quiet neighborhood?
If you find an apartment that matches your lifestyle, you can greatly reduce the chances of having to move when your lease is up.
Once you’ve figured out exactly what kind of apartment you want, you have to think about the things the unit has to offer. What’s important to one renter may not be important to another.
Maybe stainless-steel appliances are a must. Or maybe it’s all about the flooring. No matter what your requirements are, write them down before you start looking for your new apartment.
Don’t forget about what the apartment has to offer as well! Complexes with pools are great for families, while tennis courts and workout facilities are good for those who like to stay in shape.
People get so caught up in the excitement of renting an apartment that they often overlook the things that are really important. A beautiful granite countertop and a fancy shower head are great amenities, but even the warmest fireplace isn’t worth having to deal with crummy maintenance.
Check reviews online and see if you can learn a little bit more about how the maintenance team operates. Do they respond to emergencies quickly? Do they process work orders efficiently? These are things you’ll want to figure out ahead of time so you aren’t stuck living in your new apartment with a bathtub that won’t drain properly.
Not only should you think about the maintenance crew, you should also think about the landlord. You don’t want to find yourself in a nightmare situation dealing with an impossible landlord.
You want to make sure you’re dealing with a friendly professional. When touring an apartment, don’t be afraid to ask questions to see how they respond. Meet all the people in the office.
You should also think about whether you want to rent from a single landlord, or if you would prefer a property management company. Although renting from a single landlord can make renting an apartment feel more personal, a property management company is more likely to deal with issues in a timely manner.
If you’re renting an apartment, give us a call! We have a wide variety of properties that are perfect for every family.