Choosing a new apartment to rent can be daunting, for new and old renters. There are so many things to consider. Here’s a checklist of things you might want to keep in mind when you suss out your next rental options.
How Close Are You To Work?
Since you’ll be spending most of your commutes travelling between your work and your apartment, it would be ideal if you could live near your work to save on time and travel costs. It would also minimise your stress levels and just generally make life a whole lot happier.
How Close Are You To Shops And Entertainment?
When you’re not travelling to work and back, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time popping into the shops for groceries and other things. Ideally, you’ll want to live near a plethora of shops and other entertainment facilities so that you can enjoy your time spent living in your new apartment. You don’t want to feel isolated and shut off from society in an apartment far away from everything fun.
How Safe Is The Building And The Neighbourhood?
You don’t want to live in a place where you constantly have to fear for the safety of your property, your guests or yourself. If the building does not have adequate security, perhaps you should consider someplace that does. Moreover, you want to feel safe when you arrive home at night. This means that the neighbourhood, in general, needs to feel secure. Don’t try and skimp by living in a questionable building and in a dodgy area. It’s not worth it.
Have You Budgeted All Upfront Costs?
Most rental agreements require the first month’s rent plus a refundable deposit equal to a month’s rent as well. That’s two full months rent upfront. Additionally, renters are also often required to put down a refundable deposit for water and lights, as well as pay a once-off administration fee. These fees can add up quickly, so make sure you’re prepared for it.
Have You Budgeted All Future Costs?
Future costs include things over and above your monthly rent. Depending on your particular rental agreement, this could include things like monthly water and lights fees, monthly Internet subscription costs, gas costs, parking fees, security levies and so on. Make sure you understand the hidden costs involved in staying in your chosen apartment.
What Is The Parking Situation?
Do you have to park on the street? Do you have covered parking? Is it underground or simply under a carport? How many cars are you allowed to park on a daily basis? Is there guest parking? Is the parking lot safe? Is there security? These are the kinds of questions you need to consider. The fancier your car is, the more demanding you’re likely going to be about parking. Choose carefully.
Do You Have Access To Public Transport?
Perhaps you’d rather use a bicycle if you can. Perhaps you’d rather walk. Whatever your chosen style of transport, being near to public transport options is always convenient and useful. It can save you a lot of stress, time and money if you live within walking distance of a train station, for example. Perhaps a nearby taxi rank is what you need. Maybe a conveniently placed bus stop. It’s worth investigating your options.
Do The Amenities Suit Your Preferred Lifestyle?
Many apartment buildings have wonderful amenities available to residents. These could include things like swimming pools, gyms, spas, cafeterias, Internet cafes and so on. Probably one of the most critical ones is a laundromat. Whatever your needs, make sure that the apartment building caters for your needs, or you’re sure to have an uncomfortable living experience.
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