Looking for an apartment to rent can be an overwhelming and tiring process. After looking at many different options, it's easy to be wowed by a place that shows well compared to the others. Just because a place looks good, doesn't always mean it's... read more
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE RENTING AN APARTMENT LOWELLWRITTER IS THE FOLLOWING....
1.WILL YOU BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE APARTMENT, EVEN IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB?
2. IS THE APARTMENT IN A NEIGHBORHOOD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY LIKE AND FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH?
3. WHAT ARE THE BENFITS OF THE AREA. LIKE NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS, SHOPPING CENTERS, LOCAL SCHOOLS, ENTERTAINMENT ECT...
4. YOUR EVEN GET ONLINE TO SEE IF ANY REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS LIVE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
5. IF YOUR HAVE SMALL CHILDREN MOVING WITH YOU OR MIGHT COME TO VISIT. MAKE SURE THE HOME IS LEAD SAFE.
I used to manage apartments as one of my numerous jobs when I was going to college as a returning adult student...and one of the biggest problems was "moving out" which ALWAYS should be understood before MOVING IN.
In other words, how do you break the lease? What condition does the manager expect you to "restore" the apartment to? Are you in agreement as to what the normal wear and tear condition is at the time of move in?
AND, do you have a back up plan should you experience a change in income, which happens more often than you might think and ALWAYS when you least expect it!!
PLEASE understand how a rentor can legally break a lease BEFORE you sign it.
Know your rights and responsibilities so you can leave with no problems!! Good luck!
Ask how much the utilities are going to cost you every month.
Look for curb appeal, then make sure the building manager interacts in a friendly, calm, respectful manner and is willing to answer questions.
Also, on the inside of the apartment, see how old or new light fixtures are, countertops, and is the paint a simple white or is there at least some taste in painting.
Check for cross-breeze ventilation inside.
Does the location and size fit with your plans for the next year or two years? And if your circumstances remain and you're content in the apt can you see yourself living there long term?
Well im looking for a santa monica apartment and i was told to first see what type of neighborhood you would be interested in. Location is everything! It can be in a busy commercial type area or quiet suberbia area. Then see what the monthly rate is. if it's to much, you might have to make some financial sacrafices. Try to keep it within your budget. Once you find the place you are looking for, speak to the landlord directly. When speakiing to him/her be very polite and calm so that you can come off trustworthy, beacuase you are staying in there vacancy. If you feel a good connection with the landlord try negotiating the rent/deposite. I heard westsiderentals.com had great lanlords with great prices. They are easy to talk to and always negotiable.
Make sure that cigarette smoke from smokers in adjacent apartments doesn't leak into your apartment. I friend of mine is experiencing this problem and he hasn't been able to find and plug the leaks or get the landlord to do it.
Besides what already mentioned, here's a few more that come to mind...
If top floor, what kind of ceiling insulation -- will it be an oven in summer? If a lower floor, what about noise suppression from people walking and thumping above?
Parking. Most apartments have totally inadequate parking for tenants. There should be at least one space for a studio, TWO (not one) for a one-bedroom, THREE (not one or two) for a two-bedroom apartment. What about guest parking? Street parking is usually not a good option.
Gardening and maintenance. Many landlords/managers will spruce up the building and grounds when there is a vacancy. As soon as the vacancy is filled, the sweeping stops, the plants die, etc.
Laundry room facilities sufficient for the building. Are the machines' timing set so that one cycle is sufficient to do a good job of wash and rinse? The dryer -- do they nickle and dime you so you have to put in more quarters for another cycle to complete drying?
Electrical wiring -- will it handle modern requirements for all the electronics and appliances? At least two outlets per wall, that are "hot" at all times (not wall-switch controlled) is a minimum.
Plumbing. Can the plumbing in each unit be worked on independently without having to shut down the water in the whole building just to replace someone's kitchen faucet?
Sufficient hot water. Circulating hot water, so you get hot water withing a few seconds rather than waiting for a minute or so after turning it on. Minimal pressure drop of the cold water in the shower when flushing the toilet to prevent scalding in the shower.
Can you get good satellite antenna placement for TV in case local cable sucks or broadcast reception now no longer works because it is now digital?
That's it for now, running out of time. I was, in a previous life, an apartment building (income property) appraiser.
I have a nice experience to rent a room, actually i reside currently in a rented room, my experience says that when you have decided to rent a room, first of all you have to see the ventilation system, the house should be full of natural light for the healthy livings. See the proper sanitation system, which should be hygienic and also see if there is any constructional fault
once you have chosen all thing right, then go for further rent
When renting an apartment, you should make sure you can have a good communication and agreement on all terms with your Landlord. Many times, people rush into signing a Lease contract, without reading the fine print, such as what utilities are covered by your monthly rent, your responsibilities as a Tenant (especially when it comes to repairs inside the rental), and the amount of security deposits.
You also have to make sure your Landlord allows pets, and that the whole building is pet-friendly. If not, you can be charged a substantial pet fee by the building strata until you remove your pet or move out.
When you go to see an apartment, write down a list of all important questions and ask ask ask.
Surprisingly, it is becoming more common to find an apartment community's fan page on Facebook. Coming from the management side of things, you can really tell those communities who truly care about their communities through their fan page.
If you decide to look at apartmentratings.com, which is the defacto ratings system, just know that it skews heavily negative. That's not a problem as long as you mentally adjust, as even the best communities can take a beating on that site.
Also, make sure to always look at the unit before moving in. This is especially true if you were only shown the model.
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