I’ve lived in apartment complexes and I can tell you — there are many things that you won’t become aware of until you’re actually living there. So it pays to be forearmed with knowledge before making that choice; otherwise you can cause yourself and others a lot of discomfort and stress.
Choosing an apartment is a decision that affects your life style — at least for a year, so you want to ensure that you’ve made a practical choice before choosing a location.
Think about your needs
· Go and inspect various neighborhoods. Is the apartment complex situated in a nice community? If you’re a nature person, is there a park nearby? If you have children, is there a playground on the grounds? Is the complex close to convenient stores, supermarkets, Rite Aids, schools and gas stations?
· Bus Routes – If you don’t own a car, are there convenient bus routes on nearby streets? Are stores and schools within walking distance?
· Visit several apartment complexes to determine which location is more feasible for you and your family’s needs.
· Chat with people living in the apartment complex and ask questions. Is it quiet; what are the neighbors like; is it a practical environment for raising children, etc.
After searching and examining neighborhoods, it’s time to make a choice.
Things to consider before applying
From my experience, you only get to see the model apartment, not the actual apartment you’ll be moving into; so, it’s important to do research before arriving and ask questions while there.
I’m a nature person and I enjoy seeing the sun rise and set; and, I like to observe the moon phases. So it matters to me if I have a balcony or whether my apartment faces east or west. Third floor is my preference since I won’t be putting up with people running over top me and I can sleep at night. Also, there won’t be any upstairs water accidents coming down on my head.
People smoking can’t be avoided, and smoke does have a tendency to rise upwards, that could be a problem if you’re not a smoker; it was for me, since I couldn’t really enjoy sitting on the balcony when the people down stairs were sitting out. I also like to have a pet. Some apartment complexes don’t allow pets.
It helps to know the history of an apartment. like: who lived there before, why did they move, etc. Think of your questions beforehand.
Once you’re in the apartment
Take pictures of every room in case you have to one day end up in court.
Make sure you read over the lease; you can’t say “well I didn’t know” if it’s right there in the lease.
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