Signing your first lease, or a new one at a different apartment can be very exciting, but is also a big commitment. There are many factors you might not immediately think of that if not considered, might come back to haunt you later after you’ve signed on the dotted line. Use this checklist before you make this big decision to ensure the best experience possible in your new home.
Location – The location of your prospective apartment is one of the most important factors to consider. You should make sure that the apartment is conveniently located to where you work, to schools if you have kids, to grocery stores, etc. Not only that, but confirm that the neighborhood compliments your lifestyle.
Inspect – A big risk you run if your apartment is not inspected property before signing a lease is unforeseen problems that arise after you move in. When viewing the apartment, there are a few major things to check for quality and functionality. Make sure to turn on all the faucets, including the shower, to check for water quality and pressure. Confirm with your leasing agent the process of repairs if needed so you know what to expect in that scenario. Scan all appliances, walls, closets, etc. for any flaws or damage prior to moving in, and make sure to notate everything down on your Move-In Checklist and return it to your leasing agent.
Ask Questions – Because deciding to lease an apartment is a big decision, you should get all of your questions answered, no matter how minor they may seem. For example, check with your prospective apartment’s pet policy, as some have weight or breed restrictions. Confirm what utilities are included or not included in the monthly rent so that you can budget accordingly. Make sure you understand the community rules regarding guests and noise restrictions. In addition, double check the terms of renewal and date range of your lease.