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15 Things to Look for When Renting an Apartment
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15 Things to Look for When Renting an Apartment

Whether you’re moving down the street or across the state, finding the right place can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking.

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June 21, 2021

Is it worth moving to a new apartment if you're not going to be able to talk on the phone with your friends about your place? We think not.

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You have great city views, a comfy bedroom, and a full kitchen, but are you going to be able to take long showers?
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If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Make a list before viewing the house and you won't have to wonder later.
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Before you get all excited, can you actually afford to move to the new apartment? Clarify all the details so you're not surprised after.
Trust us when we tell you it's not worth hiding your dog for months in an apartment that has a no-pet policy. It's best to keep looking.
Moving to a new apartment may seem exciting at first, but that can quickly fade away and you start seeing your place from another perspective.

13. What’s it Like Living Here?

When you’re touring and manage to run into a potential neighbor, it’s always a good plan to talk to them. They’re well past the “honeymoon” stage and have been living there for a while, so they’re well aware of the pros and cons of the area. Ask them about any concerns they have, things they’d recommend doing, and enquire further details about the landlord.

Safety is one of the most important things to keep in mind when moving to a new place. It's not worth living in a neighborhood where you're not safe.

14. What’s the Area Like at Night?

A neighborhood can transform when dawn turns to dusk, so this is definitely worth checking out. The palace you’re looking for can be bright, calm, and cozy during the day but turn dark, noisy, and chaotic by the time night rolls around. While you’re not likely to actually tour the apartment at night, exploring the neighborhood is a good way to get an overall feel of the area.

15. What’s Included?

Very often, houses are staged in specific ways to quickly attract renters. One of the most important questions to ask during a house viewing is if any furniture or appliances come with the place. Avoiding this question may result in finding a gaping hole in the kitchen where the fridge used to sit—you’ve been warned.

What’s the first thing you ask when looking for an apartment? Let us know in the comments below. 

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