Apartment hunting? Here’s what to consider when renting.
Whether it’s your first rental experience or your last, finding the perfect apartment that fits both your lifestyle and budget isn’t always easy. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Before you sign a lease on the first apartment you see, keep these considerations in mind.
First and foremost, can you reasonably afford to live here? Consider your budget before you begin apartment hunting to save yourself some heartache. You may need to find a roommate to help cover costs. Keep in mind that if an apartment’s rent is much lower than other rentals in the area, this is going to be a big red flag.
Don’t trust those pretty pictures you see online. Before you rent an apartment, always view it first! Keep in mind that cosmetic issues, such as broken blinds, can be easily fixed. As you peruse the apartment, look for health and safety issues, such as insects, rodents, leaking faucets, water damage, dirty air filters, mold, and rust.
When you have the opportunity, introduce yourself to your potential neighbors and ask them a few basic questions about what it’s like to live there. This can be especially helpful if you’re considering an apartment that’s in a building as opposed to renting a house. You may find you get honest answers from neighbors that conflict with what the landlord says.
Walk around the neighborhood to get a sense of the community. Better yet, drive through the area during rush hour if you will be commuting by car. This will help you get a better idea of what the traffic is like and how that will impact your daily life.
Your new apartment needs the right insurance to protect it from accidents and disasters. Contact All Nevada Insurance to get started on your reliable renter’s insurance policy today.