When you are visiting apartments it is important that you do not let yourself fall in love with the new place until you know exactly what you are getting. Do not forget to ask some of those important rental questions before you sign on the dotted line. If you feel that the rental search process is a very daunting task, a licensed apartment locator can help alleviate the process through expert guidance. Here are five questions you should consider asking your potential landlord before you sign your name on your next lease agreement!
What is your pet policy?
Your housing issue should never cost your pet their shelter. According to the Humane Society, most American's renting today own pets. Every apartment complex has their own rules about pets, but either way you should ask so that you are prepared with the cost usually associated with renting with pets as roommates.
Is customization possible in my apartment unit?
If paining those boring white walls is really important to you then you should be asking this question to your potential landlord. If you want to customize the look of your apartment you will need to seek written approval. Familiarize yourself with the conditions to adding cosmetic changes to your apartment. It could cost you an early termination or losing your security deposit if you do not seek out the proper information.
What areas are communal and what are their hours?
Make sure to ask what are the pool, gym, and laundry facility hours (if there is one available to you). You want to make sure that the space around the apartment complex is designed to be easily accessible to all the apartment residents. Communal spaces have become very popular and you should have the opportunity to take advantage of them.
Where do I park?
One of the biggest headaches in multi-family housing is parking. Make sure you know where you are allowed to park and where you can have your guest park too. This is the time to secure reserved, covered, or disabled parking if that is important to you in your lease. The last thing you want is to have parking issues after you have signed the lease so address your concerns now. Make sure you feel safe parking your car.
Are the utilities included?
Asking if your cable, Internet, or electricity is included is just as important a question as what is the average monthly cost of utilities in this building. You might like the location and the apartment layout, but do you love all the monthly cost too!
All of our apartment locators are knowledgeable with the right questions to ask before you sign your name on your next apartment lease. Contact us today at 210-558-7377 and let us help you know what you are signing up for!