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7 Things You Must Know Before Renting an Apartment

7 Things You Must Know Before Renting an Apartment Photo

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Renting an apartment is not an easy task as it looks. It may be very exciting to move to a new house but finding a good one can be boring and discouraging. While choosing, you have to consider some things if you don’t want to encounter a lot of problems even at your sleep. Here are some of the things that you need to remember before renting.

1. The budget

It is always about the budget. Since most apartments require monthly payment, you have to make sure that you have the money to pay up every month. Or else, you’ll end up getting bullied by your landlord. If you don’t want that to happen, face the reality and tell yourself if you can afford the rent or not.

2. Location

This is one of the most important factors to consider. Imagine, you will live in the apartment for quite some time. If you will choose somewhere far from your school or work, think of the punishment that you’ll give to yourself. Make everything easy for you and put accessibility and distance to work or school as a major criteria on selecting an apartment.

3. Neighbourhood

While doing a house visit, once you set your foot in the facade of the apartment, look around. Check on the neighbourhood if it looks safe. The scene you can see in the morning is most probably different than the scene at night. You can try to go back to the place and see what it is like on the afternoon and evening.

4. The landlord

Aside from your neighbours, it is very important to know your landlord. If it’s a management company you might have lesser problems about facilities however, it will be harder to negotiate about the payments. If the owner is a family, it is possible to get a discount.

It is also necessary to establish a good relationship with your landlord. You may need to ask them a favour in the future so it’s a lot better if you can open it up easily. Who knows? They might let you stay for a year when you lose your job.

5. Roommates

As much as possible, to avoid bad circumstances, live on your own. But if you need someone else to share the expenses, you’ve got no choice but to get some roommates. You just have to make sure that your roommates are reliable and that you can get along. Observe them, make friends and treat them as a family.

6. Facilities

You surely don’t want to pay for an apartment without lights, toilet and shower. If you don’t want this, then look around and don’t forget to check the apartment’s facilities. If they provide a working stove, nice bathroom, good furniture and fridge for a price that’s within your budget, then it’s a great deal!

7.  Rules

The apartment may be cheap and have great facilities but what if you are only allowed to go out once a day? That one must be really scary. Before you sign a contract, you must know the rules being implemented within the building or house. Check if the landlord allows smoking, pets, visitors and parties to be held inside the premises.