Things to Look for When Renting an Apartment

August 17, 2022

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Getting excited about renting a new apartment? Don’t jump in too quickly. There are some things you need to do before you make a final decision on which apartment is for you. Know what you should be looking for when renting an apartment as it will help make it a smoother experience for you.

Why is it Important to Inspect an Apartment?

Make sure you do a thorough inspection of your potential new apartment before signing the lease. Not only will it help you point out things that need fixing or updating but it can help you when it’s time to move out. With a documented inspection, there’s no question of the condition of the apartment when you moved in.

Important Things to Review When Renting an Apartment

Make Sure Everything’s Working

It’s no fun to move into an apartment and find on your first night that the plug next to your bed doesn’t work. Take the time to check the outlets – both cable and electrical, the light switches, the faucets, etc. You should also check the thermostat and smoke detector and make sure to ask questions about how often they are tested by the building.

The toilet, sinks, showers all need to be tested. You want to know you’re getting water pressure and that there isn’t water where there shouldn’t be.

Check for damage

Examine the walls for paint damage or evidence of water. Any blinds or shades included need a once over as well. Make sure they work and are in good, clean condition. The floors experience a lot of activity in an apartment so review the condition of the floor and point out any wear or damage.

Overall Cleanliness

On the face of it, your potential new apartment may seem clean but look in the places least expected. Check the corners of storage areas and look closely at the baseboards. Check the grouting in the bathroom. These are all places that will show things you’ll later be unhappy with: mold, mildew, mice, insects, and more.

You don’t want to end up with unwanted pests in your place so take the time to look carefully.

The Kitchen Could be Hiding Something

Carefully check the state of the inside – and back – of your refrigerator and stove. Cleanliness in the kitchen is a food safety issue. The kitchen cupboards are also a popular hiding place for insects and other pests.

Consider Parking

You want your home to be welcoming and safe. That sometimes starts in the parking area. Maybe you don’t need parking currently. If you think you will, now or in the future, make sure to check out the parking facilities.

  • Are they open-air lots or covered parking?
  • Are they assigned spaces or first-come, first-served?
  • Do they have enough lights for security purposes?
  • How quickly are they cleaned in the event of snowfall?

What Amenities Are Included?

Think about and review the amenities that come with your potential new apartment. Swimming pool? Fitness Centre? Shared spaces? Depending on your lifestyle these types of shared amenities could have value. If you’re a gym-goer, a fitness centre in your building could save you money.

As well as those shared spaces, consider the outdoor amenities. How close are you to the things that are important? Are there outdoor amenities on the grounds of your building?

Experience the Summit Properties Difference

Don’t just dive into a lease. Take the time to inspect the space; know what to look for when renting an apartment before you visit any possible rental spots. Make sure the building representative that inspects the apartment with you accurately records your concerns and tells you how they’ll be addressed.

Summit Properties can help you find great apartment options that meet your lifestyle and budget needs. Their experienced team can help you with knowledge and advice about every step of the process. Experience the Summit Properties difference when you rent your next apartment with us.