The 5 Questions Apartment Hunters Should Ask

Shaker Run - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Apartment hunting can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced of us. One thing that can make the hunt easier is knowing the questions to ask the landlord or company renting a unit. By asking these five questions, you can walk away knowing exactly what you’re agreeing to before you sign your lease:

  1. Lease Terms

    Typically, a lease is for one-year. However, there are certain circumstances when this is not the case. Be sure to know the exact length of your lease, and how a shorter or longer lease may affect the cost of the unit.

  2. Move-In Fees

    Another major point to consider is what exactly is required upon lease-signing. Some apartments require first and last month’s rent, as well as a security deposit. Many apartments also require proof that you have purchased a renter’s insurance policy. Be sure you have enough saved up to cover these additional costs.

  3. What Is Included in the Rent Price?

    Monthly rent is not the only cost that comes along with living in an apartment. Some apartments include internet and cable packages in their apartments, while others may include your heat and hot water costs. Many include nothing additional in the price of rent. Be sure to know exactly what to expect, and avoid being blind-sided by unexpected bills later.

  4. How Are Repairs Handled?

    Sometimes, things just happen. Ask whether the landlord has their own maintenance department, or if they hire out. Is someone available 24/7 in case of an emergency? Be sure you understand exactly who to call if your heater unexpectedly stops working in the middle of a cold winter night.

  5. Is the Rent Price Expected to Increase?

    For someone looking for an apartment to call home long-term, it’s important to know if the rent price is expected to change after the current lease term. If a neighborhood is experiencing a surge of growth, it’s likely that the cost of rent will increase along with it. This is also the case if the landlord is planning to upgrade the apartments in the near future. Be sure to know ahead of time what the expectations are.

  6. Ready to try these questions out? We’d love to talk to you! Visit us at Shaker Run today!

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