21 Jul / 2016

Five Things to Consider When Choosing an Apartment for Rent

If you have plenty of money to spend, you will not have a difficult time at all in choosing the best apartment for rent. And if money wasn’t an issue at all, you can probably even consider buying your own property than just renting one out. However, if are only looking for a rental and you want to be practical, don’t just choose randomly simply because it looks nice. There are many factors to consider to ensure that you won’t be regretting your choice. To help you out, here are some tips that you can keep in mind.

1. Price, Payment Options and Length of Stay Required

First and foremost, you need to look at the price of the apartment. Usually, this will already narrow down your choices depending on what you can afford. Say your budget is $700 for a month’s rent, then look for apartments that are priced at $700 or less. Do not be tempted to go beyond your budget. Consider the payment options too. Will you be able to afford it if the landlord requires you to pay 6 months in advance? Lastly, find out the length of stay required. Some landlords require a year’s stay in an apartment. If you think that you will be moving out in less than a year, try to negotiate early on or look for another place instead. This will prevent contract breach problems that may arise in the future.

2. Contract Terms and Conditions

If you can go ahead and press “I agree” on lengthy terms and conditions when signing up for an email account or for a social media account, your apartment’s contract terms and conditions must be read thoroughly. If you sign it, it means you agree with it.

3. Apartment Location

Now the location is very important too. Aside from the fact that you need a place where it’s convenient to travel to and from work, check the neighborhood too. Is it safe? Will there be someone you can trust who lives nearby? Is a grocery or a pharmacy close to the apartment? All these must be considered too unless you don’t mind shopping for food only once every one or two weeks to save you from travelling far.

4. Apartment Features

Garbage DisposalWhether or not an apartment is fully furnished, look at the apartment’s features too. Is the shower spacious enough? Is the toilet working? Does the kitchen sink have a garbage disposal or will you have to install this yourself? Is there a cable, phone and Internet company available to install lines to your apartment? Better check these things now and ask these questions to the landlord before making your decision.

5. Apartment Complex Amenities and Facilities

Lastly, check on the amenities and facilities around the apartment complex. There should be at least a handyman that you can call on if there’s any problem in your apartment. Is there a park or garden area where you can walk your dog? Is there a swimming pool that you can use? Is there a laundry area? Check these and if everything seems acceptable, then go ahead and make your decision.

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