What to Look for in a New Apartment
Hunting for an apartment that is right for you can be a long process. You can also end up with an unsatisfactory apartment for months if you sign the lease without knowing what you’re getting into. Here’s a list of three things you should investigate before making any final decision.
It’s important that the apartment you’re scoping out is in close proximity to the activities and facilities that matter most to you. If you are a parent looking to have your children placed in stellar schools, make sure your apartment is close to a district that appeals to you. If you’re a big fisherman, take a look around the area for nearby lakes or ponds that might do the trick. Of course, some places, such as grocery stores and restaurants, are desirable to most people, and you should make sure those are readily accessible, as well.
You’ll want to make sure that everything works properly. Don’t assume because the apartment looks decent that the plumbing and electricity are in working order. Keep an eye out for drips in the showers and sinks and turn them on to check for the proper amount of water pressure and appropriate drainage. As for the electricity, you should check not only ceiling lights, but also the outlets that are located throughout the house. It would be a worthwhile idea to bring a cheap nightlight with you to test each outlet. Even if the landlord is in the room with you, don’t feel shy about doing it. After all, this is going to be your home for the next year or two, and you want to make sure it’s going to be a pleasant stay!
You surely have heard some horror stories about landlords refusing to repair their tenants’ apartments. If you don’t want to be one of those people telling those tales, then you should do some research into the landlord. Asking the landlord himself will not likely shed much light on the truth if the truth is displeasing. However, feel free to ask the surrounding neighbors about their opinions on the matter. If the neighbors disclose that the landlord seems callous towards their needs, or is slow to complete any maintenance required, then you should start looking elsewhere for your housing needs. There is not much worse than having a landlord who refuses to address issues that are pertinent to your health and safety.
You want to make sure you’ve made the right decision before you sign the lease. In doing so, you can rest assured that you will have a wonderful place to call home for the next 6 months or year. Click here if you’re looking for quality apartments in Campbell.
Rick advises people on apartments, homes and trends related to Real Estate. You can find his thoughts at apartments search blog on Blogspot.