So you have decided to live on your own, the next step is to find a suitable rental property. But, finding an apartment for rent is a daunting task. For one thing, you need to choose from what seems like an endless list of available options. Second, you will have to sign a contract that binds you to that decision for a period of time.
To make the process easier and more manageable, it is important that you gain an understanding of the things that you will need to look for before you even begin your search. Here are some of the things that you should consider before renting an apartment.
Consider the location
If you are working, you might want to choose a place that is in close proximity to your workplace. Or if distance doesn’t matter, make sure that you will be comfortable in the neighborhood and the community. Determine if it is the general area you’ll be happy to live in.
Consider your budget
Most of the time, apartments located just a few minutes away from main roads and major establishments are the ones that are more expensive. Check how much you can afford and that you have a stable income to pay for the monthly expenses associated with renting. Look for apartments that satisfy your budget and don’t exceed it. Also ask if the utilities are included in the monthly rent. If they aren’t, add that to the rental amount and your total budget.
Amenities and facilities
Amenities are not usually the most important consideration, but they are still worth considering. If you have a car, check the parking space. If a parking spot is not available, what other options do you have? Also, some people cannot live without certain facilities like the internet, microwave or washing machine. If you you’ll need these and these are important for a comfortable living, then you should have these included in your checklist. In order to be happy in your new home, make sure that it meets your needs, as well as your standards.
Another important aspect of a rental apartment is the lease because all the other features depend on it. The lease will let you know what amenities are going to be included. In the contract, the term, history of damages and the price will be spelled out. Before making a decision, make sure that you read it carefully and thoroughly. Understand what you are about to sign. What happens if you suddenly felt unhappy and uncomfortable in the neighborhood, how much would it cost you to break the lease?
Community and neighborhood
The kind of neighborhood you will have when you move into your new apartment will affect your level of happiness and comfort in the new place. Is the community safe? Is it noisy around the neighborhood? If you take time to do a little research, you will have a better idea about the new community where you may be moving to.
When you consider an apartment, check for any visible damages and make sure to let the landlord know about it right away. Ask them if they will be willing to fix the damages before you sign your lease. But if they don’t agree to take care of the damages, ask them to give you a lower rent or additional amenities in exchange. It will also help if you take pictures of the damages for documentation. Also, ask about any changes you are allowed to make in the apartment, especially if you are planning to make a little home improvement or decoration. Find out what they consider as damages if they will allow you to put a nail in the wall, etc.