What to Ask When Apartment Hunting

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Let’s face it, when rental markets are hot, apartment hunting can be stressful as places can get snapped up quickly. To help you maximize your time, we’ve compiled a list of important questions to keep in mind while you’re on the hunt.

What to ask when apartment hunting

TO ASK AT THE SHOWING

  • What is your screening process?
  • What is the length of the lease?
  • How much is the base monthly rent?
  • Are you currently offering any lease signing specials?
  • How much is the security deposit?
  • Are there any other up-front payments?
  • What options are offered for paying rent?
  • What, if any, utilities are included in the rent?
  • What utilities is the tenant responsible for?
  • What were the rent increases (if any) over the last few years?
  • How much advance notice is required before moving out? 
  • Under what circumstances will a security deposit not be refunded?
  • What is the policy on subletting?
  • Are there any customization options available?
  • What is the turnover rate in the building?
  • Will the unit be painted and cleaned prior to move-in?
  • What appliances are included with the unit? How old are they?
  • Is there central air conditioning?
  • Can the tenant adjust the heat or A/C temperature?
  • Who is responsible for changing the filters in the air conditioning unit and light bulbs in provided equipment? 
  • Where are the laundry facilities?
  • Is there storage available? 
  • Is there bike storage?
  • Is there dedicated parking?
  • Are there quiet hours?
  • Can you hear other tenants easily through floors or walls?
  • What are the rules for non-tenant access?
  • How do guests enter the building?
  • If there’s a balcony, are there community rules regarding items on it? 
  • What notice is the landlord required to give before entering the apartment? 
  • How are maintenance requests handled?
  • How are complaints handled? 
  • Is there any construction planned?
  • What is the pet policy?
  • Is there an alarm? 
  • Are there sprinklers?
  • What is cell phone service like?
  • Would you live here?

Now that you’re armed with good questions to ask, don’t forget to bring along anything you could need to apply. A good general list is: your most recent month’s worth of pay stubs and/or a bank statement, driver’s license or other ID, previous landlord information, proof of employment or an offer letter, and a way to pay any application fees. Make the most of your full day of apartment touring, a little preparation can go a long way to increase your chances of landing that dream apartment.

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