Moving to a new place is both exciting and nerve-wracking. Definitely, you’ll want things to turn out right, or why even consider moving? Then again, there are a few points you have to cover as you go hunting for that dream apartment of yours.
Location is probably the most important consideration when choosing an apartment. For practical reasons, you’ll want this place to be reasonably near your office or the school where your kids go to, or at least convenient enough in terms of taking public transportation. Remember though that apartment listings usually exaggerate distances to important establishments, like shopping centers, hospitals, and the like. To be safe, track the distance yourself on your GPS.
Apartments can have various layouts, even if they were all in the same complex or have exactly the same size. If you work out of home, be sure there will be an area that you can exclusively use as your office. If you like hosting parties, pick an apartment with a spacious entertainment area.
When you take a look at a property, take notes of the details. Do the walls need a fresh layer of paint? How about the faucets in the kitchen and the bathrooms? You may want to take pictures as well. Concerning the damages, the landlord should be taking notes too.
Obviously, the apartment you pick should provide all the amenities that will come in handy for you: in-home washer and dryer, gym, storage areas, etc. Also ask about such things as building costs, pet fees, utilities and Internet and cable services. These may look like insignificant tidbits, but they do make a difference with your final numbers.
Before you pick an apartment, compare it with nearby properties, especially when it comes to price. If it’s more expensive than most others, does it offer amenities that the others don’t? Ask yourself if the property is something you can afford, and answer as honestly as you can. Don’t forget to include your other monthly expenses when considering the cost. In case you fall short, you might consider having a roommate.
After finding an apartment you think is right for you, read the lease agreement thoroughly, paying attention to the fine print and making sure that all the basics are included, like amenities, germs and payments, additional costs and the like. How much do you pay if you decide not to continue halfway through the lease? Can you sublet when you’re away? You have to find the answers to such questions before signing the dotted line.
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