If you're planning on renting an apartment, you may wonder how you can get a better picture of the residence before you move in. If so, use the following four tips for checking small details about an apartment you are thinking about renting.
Schedule Your Tour On A Rainy Day
If possible, make an appointment to tour the apartment and the surrounding complex on a rainy day. Doing this gives you an idea about the drainage in the parking lot, especially the places near the unit in which you are interested.
Look at the forecast to see if there are any days when rain is expected. Or, you can wait until a rainy morning and call to schedule your appointment for the afternoon. Some offices are happy to accommodate same-day tours.
Turn On All The Faucets
While you are looking through the apartment unit, turn on the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom as you look around. Many complexes keep the utilities on even when there is no one living in a unit.
Turning on the faucets can you an idea about the water pressure. Also, do not forget to turn on the shower to see how well the water flows. You may not want to be disappointed if the shower has only a small trickle after you move in.
Open Up All Cabinets And Closets
While checking the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom, you may also want to open up all of the closet and cabinets to inspect the insides. Look for holes and other signs of damage that is often not clearly visible when you first glance at them.
Although having a small amount of damage in these spaces is not a reason to refuse the unit, you do want to be aware of it. Since you are responsible for damages incurred while living there, you want to make note of any existing problems when you fill out your walkthrough paperwork.
Revisit The Apartment Complex At Night
After looking through the apartment and deciding you like it, you may want to make one more check before accepting it. Revisit the complex at night to get a feel for how things are in the darkness. Look for any shady characters or noisy neighbors. If all seems quiet and the apartment is to your liking, you may have a good match for you.
Using the above tips can help you get a better overall idea about the apartment you are thinking about renting. If you have any further questions, you may want to speak to a real estate agent who can guide you on finding you an ideal apartment for rent.
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