Moving to a new place is both exciting and nerve-wracking. Certainly, you’ll want this decision to be one of the best you’ve ever made. But as you might imagine, there are a few crucial issues to be considered as you go looking for your dream apartment.
Location is probably the most important consideration when choosing an apartment. For convenience, you’ll want this place to be reasonably close to your job or your children’s school or at least, it shouldn’t be a pain when you have to take public transportation Remember though that apartment listings usually exaggerate distances to important establishments, like shopping centers, hospitals, and the like. Turn on your GPS and do your own tracking instead to be safe.
An apartment’s layout can be markedly different even among same-size apartments within a single complex. If you work out of home, be sure there will be an area that you can exclusively use as your office. If you’re one to host parties or gatherings, choose an apartment with enough space for an your entertainment area.
When you come to check out a certain property, don’t forget to take note of the details. Do the walls need a fresh layer of paint? How about the faucets in the kitchen and the bathrooms? Taking pictures could be a good idea as well. Concerning the damages, the landlord should be taking notes 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.
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’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. If ends don’t meet, consider the idea of 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? Are you allowed to sublet the place while you’re away? These are questions you need answers to before signing any documents.