Valentina Dudley. Apartment. July 06th , 2018.
It is crucial that you rent an apartment that is in a neighborhood that fits your needs. If you need work or you like the nightlife, choose an area with restaurants, clubs and shopping centers nearby. It helps to use Google Earth to get a feel for the place, but once again don't base your entire opinion of a place on online screenshots. Places often look different from what you see online.
Once you have a clear idea of what you're looking for, begin your apartment search. The best place to start is at your college or university. Many schools offer affordable off-campus living, and most will at least have resources to aid in your search. You can also look for apartments for rent in advertisements posted around campus, or by using a few of the numerous online services as well as newspaper classifieds. Make a list of the rentals you're interested in, and call each leasing office. Ask about rent, utilities, laundry facilities, activity areas and amenities, and extra fees. Most likely, this will eliminate some of your choices. Once your list is reduced to about five properties, you're ready to start viewing.
Apartment viewing can be fun and exciting, but it's important to focus and pay attention to the unit and the complex as a whole. To keep yourself on track, create a checklist of things to look for at each place. If you don't wish to make your own, there are pre-formatted checklists available online. Never lease an apartment before checking it for basic safety standards and making sure everything works properly. Check fire alarms, hot water heaters, air conditioning units, fireplaces, showers, and faucets. Make sure all the appliances work and check floors and walls for scuffs or tears. If there are no serious issues and you decide to move in, make a note of any flaws you uncovered and report them to the property manager. You don't want to be blamed for something done by a prior tenant when you leave.
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