Ten Essential Questions to Ask During your Apartment Search
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As the end of the year is approaching, you might be looking to move before winter and the holiday season. When you’re searching for your next apartment home, it’s easy to only look at aesthetics and amenities. While these are exciting apartment features, it’s also important to ask the right questions prior to signing a new lease.
As an Assistant Manager who has worked in the industry for over three years, I compiled ten of the most important questions I would recommend asking before saying “YES!” to the right apartment home!
What additional costs can I expect on top of my monthly rent?
On top of the base rent, there may be other financial responsibilities such as utilities, renter’s insurance, and parking that adds to what you will owe every month. Make sure to assess the final estimated costs before making a decision.
What changes can I make to the apartment?
Every apartment community has different guidelines when it comes to what you can and cannot do, so if you have specific questions about what changes you would like to make, now is a great time to ask. A few common examples include hanging/mounting items, painting, and changing out light bulbs/fixtures.
Do you have any onsite storage units available to rent?If you’re downsizing from a larger place or have some overflow items in your new apartment home, you might find yourself low on storage. Having onsite storage for items such as bikes or other miscellaneous items provides convenience and easy accessibility.
How do I submit a service request?
No matter how new or perfect an apartment is, there will be a time when you will need maintenance assistance. Ask what the process is to submit a request, or what to expect in case of an emergency maintenance request. Having maintenance only one click or call away is an amenity that many renters enjoy.
How do I pay rent?
Discuss payment options and rent due dates so you can plan ahead and you’re not scrambling to figure it out on the first of the month. When choosing an apartment home, it’s also good to discuss late fees and deadlines so that you know how much leeway you have in case of an issue.
What is your parking policy?Aside from potential monthly parking charges, make sure to ask about the policy for guest parking and what documentation your guest(s) will need so you’re prepared for move-in day! You should also ask about the number of spaces you get with the apartment and what costs may apply to a second car or motorcycle, if applicable.
What is your pet policy and what are your pet fees?
If you’re a pet owner or are considering getting a pet in the future, make sure to go over your community’s pet policies before signing a lease or moving a new furry friend in. A few things to ask include pet fees, breed restrictions, weight restrictions, and what documentation is required.
Where will my mail and packages be delivered to?
Knowing what to expect for your incoming mail will be a reassuring part of your move as you will likely be expecting forwarded mail and packages for items related to your new apartment. You can also ask about where to place outgoing mail and what to do if you receive a previous resident’s mail.
What are your policies on breaking a lease or early move-out?
Life is full of unexpected events, and even if you don’t anticipate breaking your lease, this is a great question to ask so that you’re aware of the policy. Moving suddenly or unexpectedly can already be stressful - it’s best to know what to expect ahead of time.
What is there to do in the area?
Location is a huge factor in many people’s decisions to move. If you’re moving from out of state or are unfamiliar with your new neighborhood, this question can help you to learn about the community and if it would be a good fit for your lifestyle.
I hope that this guide helps you in your current or future apartment search and makes looking around just a little bit easier. Why not see if there’s a Camden community nearby to tour? We have answers to all of these questions and more, in addition to pricing, area guides, virtual apartment tours, and more on www.camdenliving.com. Enjoy!
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