What to Look For in Your Next Apartment Home

Tips for Living at Your First Apartment

Moving to a new town or area and finding the right apartment home can be scary. Between looking for a new job or going to a new school, moving has its challenges. Looking for a new home doesn’t need to be like that! Before jumping into a new place, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you go through the process. 

Are you more focused on saving money, luxury living, or are you looking for a good middle ground? You’ll also want to consider things like pricing, location, included amenities, and other deal breakers? Asking the right questions when speaking to a leasing agent can make or break your whole experience!

Here are six items you’ll want to keep in mind as you go through the process:

1. Pricing and What’s Included

When looking at apartments, your price range and budget should be one of your top priorities. Consider asking your leasing agent important questions related to what all will be included along with your rent. Some examples would be:

  • Does this unit come fully furnished?
  • What all is included in my rent amount?
  • What kind of maintenance or pest control is in place?
  • What other requirements would I be financially responsible for? (Renters Insurance, Utilities, etc.)

2. Neighborhood/Location

When moving anywhere, location is key. Is the complex convenient to your job/school? If you’re a more social person, is it nearby nightlife? If you’re more introverted, is the property more secluded? 

Take a look around the area when you take your tour. Take note of how close you are to grocery stores, gyms, libraries and any other businesses you frequently use. Do some research on fun things to do in the area and even ask your leasing agent for recommendations on what to do near you!

3. Amenities

Some apartments are fully furnished, some provide cable/internet but what else do you get living there? Different complexes offer different amenities such as a pool, game rooms, coffee stations or gyms. Check the complex’s website where most places will have a list of their amenities available and see which of them you’d utilize frequently!

4. Pet Policy

Not everyone has or brings their pets with them when they move, but if you’re one who does plan to bring your furry friend, you’ll want to make sure they’re welcome at your new apartment. During your tour, keep an eye out for things like pick-up stations, green areas, and even a pet park! 

When looking at the living area, some things to consider are whether or not there’s enough space for the size of your pet. You’ll also want to ask if there are size, weight or breed restrictions? Are there any additional fees or rent associated with bringing your pet? Be sure your new home is not only comfortable for you but also your best friend.

5. Upfront Costs/Qualifying

Different apartments have different ways to qualify and upfront costs. Some give you different ways to qualify on your own, the option to use a cosigner or even deposits in place of screenings like credit checks. 

Sometimes apartments don’t perform screenings and go based solely on income. Other times, places will allow you to pay your first, last month and a deposit instead! Be sure to ask your agent what qualifications you need to meet and what type of deposits are required.

6. The Lease

The last step in the leasing process is the lease itself. This is the agreement the complex is offering to you. By signing, you’re agreeing to the terms and accepting the offer. Be sure to thoroughly read through the agreement so you fully understand the terms being offered to you. Ask any questions you need clarification on and remember, no question is a silly question!

Putting in time and effort up front can go a long way in making sure you find the perfect place that’s right for you. If you have any questions about what you’ll need to look for in finding your next apartment home, feel free to reach out to us either on our website or calling (865) 409-2955.

By: Lalita Tinari, Leasing Consultant