When you are shopping for a new apartment to rent, there are some basic details that you look for, such as price, size of apartment, and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. However, some more important details can affect your experience and enjoyment living there, which include details of the interior and outside area of the property. Here are some tips to help you in your search for an apartment complex.
Look at Exterior Details
As you search for an apartment, look at the outside of the community and the property to see what is available for you as a tenant. Is there covered parking or reserved parking spots for you as a resident? Find out if the reserved parking spot is included in your rent or if it's an additional fee. You should also look at the condition of the parking lot, especially in the summer to see if it is maintained for vegetation growth and weeds.
If there is a pool, playground, or other outdoor spaces that you share with residents, take some time to walk over and check them out. Look around at their condition for signs of care and maintenance or if they look neglected and worn out.
Inspect the Interior of the Apartment
When you are planning to rent an apartment, the community it is located in and its amenities are important but so are the interior amenities and features in the unit. When you walk into the unit, does it feel small and dark or light and airy? Also, listen for any noises from your neighbors to see if the walls provide adequate insulation against outside noises. Go into the rooms that share a wall with a neighboring unit to listen for outside noises.
Are there also plenty of outlets on each of the walls in the apartment? Some older apartments only have a standard installation of one outlet per wall, based on the construction at the time, but sometimes older apartments are updated to more modern standards with plenty of outlets for electronics. Are there also hookups for a cable or satellite television setup? Or can you install a satellite dish on your unit's exterior area or balcony if you want to sign up for this type of service?
You should also look at the storage inside the apartment to see if there are closets for coats and linens, a pantry, and plenty of space in bedroom closets. Go into the bathroom and turn on the water in the shower or tub to see what type of water pressure you will have at the apartment. Some units may not have a good flow of water, which can affect your showers if you like to feel a heavy spray of water.