The first apartment you looked at had an amazing pool. The second place you visited cost less than you were planning to spend. The third complex was only a few miles from where you work. With so many great apartments to pick from, how do you choose the right one?
Whether you’re looking for total luxury or basic amenities, it can be hard to find a place that meets all your needs. So how do you know when you’ve found the right place? Here are the top 5 signs you’ve found a great apartment rental.
Your Property Management Company Goes the Extra Mile
First impressions are lasting impressions. A good property management company will give you a warm welcome and be forthcoming with information.
During your initial apartment tour, try to get a sense of how involved the property management company is in ensuring that you feel at home. If they aren’t willing or able to answer all your questions about the apartment, walk away.
A management company should be able to answer your questions and address your concerns. If they can’t do this during the tour, they probably won’t do it once you’ve moved in. The way you’re treated during a tour is a good indicator of how you’ll be treated as a tenant.
It’s the property management company’s responsibility to prepare the apartment before you see it. Some may tell you that they still need to paint and make minor repairs. A great company will already be in the process of making these minor repairs.
Online resources, such as this blog post from Rentigo, detail what it is that landlords and property managers should do. However, apartment hunters can benefit from this post as well.
Read through the checklist. Don’t be afraid to ask the company if they have taken care of these items. The more you know going in, the better off you’ll be.
Location, Location, Location
The location of an apartment is often the deciding factor when it comes to signing a lease.
If you love nature, look for an apartment near a hiking trail or park that lets you enjoy the great outdoors. If you love city life, look for a place nearby train stations or freeways that provide easy access to the city. If you love to let loose on the weekend, look for an apartment with easy access to local bars and restaurants.
No matter what your lifestyle is, it’s important that your apartment be close to the things you love.
The Amenities Meet and Surpass Your Needs
Do you work long hours and need an on-site gym? Perhaps you enjoy spending your Saturday afternoons lounging by the pool. Maybe ideal Friday night is shooting billiards in your local clubhouse. Maybe you need a place where you can let your dog run for a few minutes at the end of each day.
Regardless of your lifestyle, your perfect apartment will include the ideal amenities.
Some apartments include only basic amenities. Others provide you with more than you could ever need.
If you find a place that meets your budget and surpasses all your expectations, it may be the perfect place for you.
When making the decision to lease an apartment, take your lifestyle into consideration. If you can return home at the end of the day and have all your needs met on-site, it may be just what you need at this stage of life.
Fluffy and Mr. Peanut Butter are Welcome
Cat lovers…dog lovers…we’re all the same. We treat our furry friends like children and share that bond with other pet parents.
If this is you, then living in a pet-friendly apartment is non-negotiable. Whether you come home to a wet-nosed kitten or open the door to a snorting pug, true pet lovers treat animals like part of the family.
We feed them, we clean them, we entertain them, and we play with them. And in return, they show us unconditional love and loyalty.
For anyone with an animal in the family, it’s essential to find an apartment that welcomes pets. It’s a relationship like no other, so it’s a must to find a place that they feel comfortable in as well.
Even if you don’t have a pet of your own, a pet-friendly apartment lets you keep that option open should you decide to adopt a pet in the future. If you were planning to have a child, you would look for a home in a good school district. If you’re considering adopting a pet at some point in the future, you’ll need a place that is accepting of them.
If you’re not ready to adopt a dog of your own, look for an apartment with a dog park. Then you can enjoy some furry interaction without having to take on the responsibility for yourself!
It Feels Like Home
Moving into a new apartment is much like starting a new chapter in life. Whether you’re moving for a new job or relocating for personal reasons, a new apartment is a fresh start.
Don’t waste your time touring apartments that you don’t want to live in. Focus on the properties that you can afford and that you can see yourself succeeding in.
Though it’s temporary, you can treat a new lease the same way you would treat buying a new home. It should be comfortable. You should like the surroundings. It should meet your needs. You should be able to see yourself growing and flourishing within those walls. Regardless of your budget or lifestyle, that great new apartment is the one that feels like home.
You’ll know you’ve found the perfect apartment when you feel right at home. It meets your budget. It meets your needs. It’s close to work. It offers the amenities that are important to you. It provides easy access to the things you love. If you really want to secure an apartment that you’ll love, you may have to kiss a few frogs to find it. But when you find it, you’ll know!
About the contributor:
Located in the heart of Chandler Fashion District with easy access to Downtown Chandler and Price Road, Jefferson Chandler raises the bar in apartment living. A desert oasis in the tech corridor embracing all that is modern and accessible luxury. Be the first to live here!