Touring properties is arguably one of the most exciting parts of apartment hunting. It’s your chance to envision how your life might fit in each space. While paying attention to the design and layout of these spaces is important, it’s easy to overlook the details that may end up causing you issues down the road. Let’s explore some of these practical details you should look out for during each apartment tour.
Does the Location Meet Your Needs?
During your apartment search, you likely have ideal locations in mind. However, even though these seem like perfect spots, paying close attention to your surroundings when you arrive and leave your tour is essential. Exhaust all angles. For example:
- Are you near any busy roads? Will this impact traffic and noise?
- Are you located near public transport?
- What amenities are nearby?
- Does this specific area feel safe?
- Is the area pedestrian or bike-friendly?
How are the Building Features and Common Areas?
Touring the entire building to check out its features and common areas is also important. Depending on your priorities, check the following:
- Parking: Is it underground or above ground? Does the lot have charging stalls? Is the lot secure?
- Elevators, Stairs, and Accessibility: Does the building have elevators and stairs? Are these accessible for your needs?
- Laundry Facilities: How many machines does the building have? How far are they located from your unit? Do the facilities look well-kept?
- Safety and Security: Does the building have 24/7 surveillance, security guards, or other ways of ensuring your safety?
Do the Appliances Work?
There’s nothing worse than finding the place of your dreams and settling in, only to find that the appliances don’t work. During your tour, turn on the oven, stove, dishwasher, microwave, and air conditioning and check that the fridge and freezer are in working order.
If you discover that something’s not operating how it should be, it’s important to flag this to the property manager or landlord so that they can solve the issue before you move in.
Are there Signs of Water Damage or Leaks?
Check for wet spots or pools of water along the ceiling and around the sink, toilet, and shower. It’s also a good idea to ensure that the faucets, showers, and flush toilets are in working order. Test for good water pressure, adequate temperature changing and that there are no clogs in the drains. Plumbing issues can lead to higher water bills.
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