Moving to a new home can be fun and draining both at once. Certainly, you’ll want this decision to be one of the best you’ve ever made. Then again, there are a few points you have to cover as you go hunting for that dream apartment of yours.
Probably number one on your list of concerns when selecting an apartment is location. 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 But keep in mind that apartment listings are known exaggerate proximity to vital spots, such as airports, hospitals, and the rest. To be sure, you can track the distance yourself using your GPS.
Apartments can have various layouts, even if they were all in the same complex or have exactly the same size. If you need a home office, make sure there will be space that you can dedicate to that. 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. Does it need a paint job? How about the faucets in the kitchen and the bathrooms? It’s probably best to take pictures too. And in terms of the damages, the landlord should be aware of them 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. Ask about building costs and pet fees as well, along with maintenance, Internet and cable services. These may look like insignificant tidbits, but they do make a difference with your final numbers.
Your Financial Ability
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 has a higher price than the others, what amenities make it a worthwhile choice? Ask yourself if you can afford the apartment and be as truthful as possible with your answer. Don’t forget to include your other monthly expenses when considering the cost. If you’re short, adding a roommate could help.
Once you’ve found a property you like, read the whole lease contract, especially the fine print, and make sure all the essentials are covered: amenities, lease term and monthly payments, added fees, etc. How much do you pay if you decide not to continue halfway through the lease? Can you sublet when you’re away? You have to find the answers to such questions before signing the dotted line.