Looking beyond the price: 6 things to remember when deciding on a new apartment
When you are looking for a new place to live, you have many important factors to consider. Most people look at price first, but this shouldn’t be your only point to make or break a deal. Remember the following six things when deciding on your new apartment.
Nearby Attractions and Amenities
Since you will be living there a while, location is an important consideration. Naturally, you will have an idea of the general area of town you want to live in, but location in this sense means more than that. Check out the distance to your workplace, main roads, grocery stores, gas stations, public transportation, and restaurants. If your new place is in an inconvenient area, you will spend more time and more gas money commuting to work or running daily errands.
Does the residence offer you a safe, designated parking spot or will you have to fend for yourself? In the best situation, tenants will have at least one assigned parking spot off the street along with extra spaces for guests.
Check out who manages the property and ask about their reputation. Many renters overlook this, but it matters. Choosing a residence managed by a well-known company, like BRG Apartments and Realty Group, that is well established can mean a better experience for you overall. You’ll be able to rest assured that issues that crop up will be taken care of and that you’ll be treated with the right respect and care.
Visit the property at different times of the day and evening to determine noise level. Visiting in the afternoon won’t always give you an accurate indication of this because many people will be at work and kids will be in school. Don’t be afraid to ask other residents about how noisy or quiet the area is and how soundproof the walls are.
If you have a pet or plan to get one in the future, you need to know exactly what the pet policies are. Many places charge an extra deposit and add a fee to the monthly rent for pets. The number of pets allowed, as well as the size and breed are also important facts to learn. Even if you don’t have a pet, understanding the pet policies will help you get an idea of the residence overall and potential problems with noise from barking dogs.
Many things beyond the general safety of the neighborhood contribute to the safety of a residence. Check out crime statistics for the area, but also look at the door locks to make sure each exterior door is equipped with deadbolts, and look at the windows and patio doors. Ask if there is on-site security or other features such as security cameras, which can deter crime.
When choosing a new place, it is no time to be shy. Ask any question that comes to mind about the residence or the area surrounding it. Once you sign a lease, you are committed to that place for a time, so make sure it will be the right choice.