Questions to ask when viewing an apartment (or any rental property)
Renting an apartment or house can be an exciting experience, especially if it's your first time living away from home. But before you sign the lease, it's essential to view the property and ask the right questions.
1. What is the monthly rent, how will payment occur, and what does it include?
Does the rent include any utilities such as water, gas, or electricity?
2. Are there any additional fees, such as parking, laundry or maintenance?
They can add up quickly and affect your budget.
3. How long is the lease, and what happens when it ends?
What are the lease options, and can you renew or extend it when it ends? The longer the lease, the cheaper rent can be, but ensure you pick the lease term that works for your needs.
2. What is the security deposit, and when is it due?
It can only be as high as one month's rent. This means, most landlords may ask for the first month's rent payment along with the security deposit, to equal two months' rent. Find out when it's due and if it's refundable at the end of your lease.
1. What appliances are included, and are they new or old?
Ask about the age and condition of the fridge, oven and other included appliances. Test if they work and ask the landlord to fix any appliances that don't work before you sign a lease.
2. What furnishings are included?
And what maintenance is required? This will also help you plan what furniture you'll need to bring.
3. What amenities are included?
And are there any additional costs to use them (gym, pool, office/recreational space)?
1. Who is responsible for maintenance and repairs?
Make sure you know who to contact if something needs fixing. Are they available in case of emergencies?
2. What is the preferred method of communication?
3. How will the landlord enter your place if maintenance is needed?
And are there any restrictions on when they can enter?
1. How secure is the area?
Are there security cameras, and have there been any recent incidents in your area? And are there any precautions you need to take in the area?
2. What is public transit like?
How accessible are the bus or train routes, and are they reliable?
3. What other amenities are nearby?
Close access to grocery stores, gyms, parks or shopping centers can reduce your transportation costs.
4. What is the noise level like?
Is there loud traffic noise in the area, and how well are you buffered from outdoor and neighbors' sounds?
Renting a property is a big decision, so take your time and don't be afraid to ask any questions because this will be your home for the next few months or years. Asking the right questions during a rental viewing is crucial to ensure that you're comfortable with the property and its surroundings. Make sure to ask about costs, furnishings, maintenance, and the neighborhood to make an informed decision.