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Things to Consider BEFORE Renting an Apartment

MAKE SURE YOU CAN AFFORD IT. 

Yes, the crown molding and new shower seem amazing now, but in three months when you’re pinching pennies to pay rent those amenities might not look so hot. Make a budget and stick to it. You might not get the perfect place, but you won’t get the one that will send you to the poor house, either. At Spaces, all of the landlords we work with require you must show the equivalent of 3 months rent in income. So if you are looking at an apartment for  $1500, you must be able to show income for  $4500  a month. 

Visit the neighborhood on nights and weekends before signing anything.

What is quiet with ample parking during the day may be loud and crowded at night. Do yourself a favor and scope out your potential hood before you find out that there’s a club next door that hosts all-ages noisecore shows. Unless, of course, you’re really into noisecore.  Also check out the neighborhood on Walk Score. This will also tell you about crime.

Consider their pet policy. Even if you don’t plan on having pets it’s nice to know what the policy is exactly. You know, just in case your neighbor across the way leaves his door open and his pet tiger escapes.

Consider the commute. Is cheaper and farther more appealing than expensive and close? You be the judge.

Go over exactly what utilities are covered. Having utilities included is awesome and another headache you don’t have to deal with, but be crystal clear on what you are getting and what you aren’t. Water, gas, and power? Internet? These can be defining factors when choosing an apartment, so do your due diligence. Also, just because it says, “AC included” it does not mean the power is paid for. It just means you don’t have to provide your own.

Check all the faucets and flush all the toilets. This is something a lot of people never think to do, but trust me and do it. If there is any issue you can bring it up now and hopefully it can be addressed by the landlord. I mean, there is nothing worst than turning on the tap for the first time and being surprised by barely-dripping brown water while the toilet floods.

 

Source – BuzzFeed

MICHAEL LOVE,   LEASING AGENT

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