It’s time to find new apartments for rent. This may be your first apartment hunting experience or you may be an apartment dwelling veteran. Either way, you should review these important things to avoid when renting an apartment. From unsafe conditions to bad management teams; there are plenty of possible red flags. Before signing a lease, make sure you’ve researched the new apartment complex completely and thoroughly.
Bad Apartment Management Staff
From the very first phone call, you can start gathering information about the management team at the apartment complex you’re considering. Do they seem knowledgeable, professional, and helpful? It is quite important that they display all of these characteristics from the get go. After all a very nice, yet less than competent apartment manager isn’t likely to be good at keeping up with apartment maintenance or answering emergency calls. Look for red flags during the entire apartment hunting process – first call, apartment visit, lease negotiations. If you get a bad feeling about the apartment management staff that may be a good enough reason in many cases to look elsewhere.
Lack of Connectivity
For most, internet and cell phone connection is an absolute must, but many people take it for granted. Renters just assume that it’s possible to hook up to high-speed internet or enjoy excellent cell reception from their living room couch. Don’t assume anything. Check your cell phone when you go to look at possible apartments. In fact, check it in multiple rooms and locations in the complex. Cell reception can vary, especially in areas that are more remote or near large hills or mountains. Internet connection isn’t a guarantee either. Find out what the options are for internet in each unit and if the area isn’t wired for high-speed internet connection, something slower may have to do.
Inconvenient Washer/Dryer Location
You may have accepted that you won’t always have a washer and dryer in your apartment, but you certainly want it close by. When you’re looking at apartments for rent, make sure to ask about the location of the washer and dryer. If you have to haul your unmentionables down the hall, that may be ok; but what if the particular unit you’re looking at is across the complex from the laundry facilities? This is a very important thing to consider when making your final decision during your apartment search.
Noisy Neighbors/Barking Dogs
There are some things that you just won’t know until you move in, but if you pay close attention you may be able to get a hint of what actually living in that particular unit may be like. Do you see a dog food bowl outside of the apartment next door? Kids toys on the balcony? This is not necessarily a turn off for everyone. However if you know that loud kids and barking dogs drive you nuts, keep an eye out for the tell-tale signs. You can also ask the apartment manager about the pet policy if you are looking for or trying to avoid pet friendly rentals, to find out a little more about the tenants who live around the available unit.
Parking is another thing you don’t want to make assumptions about when visiting apartments for rent. Sure, there’s a parking deck or street parking around the apartment complex, but how likely is it that you can find a spot there? Ample parking that is accessible to your unit may be quite important, so find out where you will be allowed to park and how likely it is that there will be spots. If the parking lot or street parking is full on a regular basis, it could make life in your new apartment a bit frustrating.