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How Do You Pick a Good Apartment?

It can be exciting and exhausting at the same time to move to a new address. Certainly, you’ll want this decision to be one of the best you’ve ever made. Then again, there are a few points you have to cover as you go hunting for that dream apartment of yours.


Location may well be the biggest factor to be considered when deciding to rent 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. But keep in mind that apartment listings are known exaggerate proximity to vital spots, such as airports, hospitals, and the rest. To be sure, you can track the distance yourself using your GPS.


Apartments can have various layouts, even if they were all in the same complex or have exactly the same size. If you need a home office, make sure there will be space that you can dedicate to that. If you enjoy having parties, look for an apartment with a large entertainment area.


When you take a look at a property, take notes of the details. Does it need a paint job? How about the kitchen and bathroom fixtures, like faucets, shower heads, etc.? It’s probably best to take pictures too. And about the damages, make sure the landlord knows about them too.


Obviously, you have to choose an apartment that offers the amenities you need, like a gym, additional parking space, in-home washer and dryer, and more. Don’t forget to inquire about pet fees, building costs, maintenance, cable services and Internet. While these may sound like such tiny details, you have to consider them as you crunch the numbers.

Your Finances

Don’t decide on an apartment unless you’ve made comparisons with similar properties in the neighborhood, especially in terms of the price. If it has a higher price than the others, what amenities make it a worthwhile choice? Ask yourself if you can afford the apartment and be as truthful as possible with your answer. Don’t forget to include your other monthly expenses when considering the cost. If you’re short, adding a roommate could help.

Lease Contract

Once you’ve found a property you like, read the whole lease contract, especially the fine print, and make sure all the essentials are covered: amenities, lease term and monthly payments, added fees, etc. What happens if you beak the lease? Are you allowed to sublet the place while you’re away? Before you affix your signature on any documents, these are questions that must be answered.
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