What are the most important features to look on your next apartment?
There are certain things your must-have list should include to love your new home.
From our experience this are the 10 most common qualities to look for:
- Location: Other than living in the hottest neighborhood is how close is to the things that are really important to you, for example roads, public transportation, work, family and friends, and life ammenities like grocery stores and restaurants. Look it up on Google Maps and figure out how your commute be to your favorite spots.
- Interior: During your showing, pay close attention on the areas distribution and try to envision how your stuff can decorate the place on a functional way. don’t hesitate to open the closets and check out how much space there is.
- Amenities: Things like stove, oven, dishwashers and laundry facilities may not be essential, but they sure make daily life easier. While some tenants are fine with laundry in the building, others can’t live without machines in the unit weight down how much you need them
- Common areas: Depending on what climate you live in, they are the activities that could be done in common areas like BBQ pits, picnic areas, dog parks, dog washing stations and so on. Could also be basketball, tennis, volleyball courts and much more.
- Pet policies: If you have a furry companion, you need to find out the pet policy before you even set up a showing. If they don’t allow pets, don’t waste your time looking at the place. On the flip side, if the building is pet friendly and you have allergies or don’t want to risk moving next door to an incessantly barking dog.
- Outdoor space: Another nice to have is a yard, deck or small patio to get some fresh air when the weather’s nice. This especially comes in handy for people who like to entertain, and those who go stir crazy being stuck inside all day.
- Parking: If you own a car, being able to park without too much hassle is crucial. You don’t want to spend 20 minutes circling the block every day after work. If you check out a unit you like on a weekend, swing by on Monday after work and see how easy it is to find a spot, or ask the current renters how’s their experience.
- Reviews: This one can be hard to scope out before you’ve signed your lease, but do some sleuthing about your potential landlord. If it’s a big rental company with dozens of buildings around town, they can sometimes be hard to get a hold of when something breaks. Keep in mind that people are more prone to do bad reviews in a emotional stage than good reviews so it is always easier to find bad reviews than good.
- Security: Your potential apartment opens right onto the sidewalk with no fence or common entryway, safety may be a concern. Especially if you’re living alone, look for a building with a lobby or even a doorman. If it’s a smaller building, higher floors are usually safer than first floor.
- Noise: Being on a busy street, above a bar or next to train tracks should raise alarms. Pay attention to how you share with your neighbors walls, floor and/or ceiling walls. Also in case you would like to host an event and need to bring some Party rentals Austin.
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