The hunt for an apartment is daunting enough alone that having to view a ton of different places before deciding on one can be especially difficult. Plus, there’s so much more to apartment hunting than perusing the local paper or online directory and finding the listings with pictures and a floor plan. You want to learn more info, and getting an apartment tour can help you do that. But, to make it really worth your while, it’ important to know the right questions to ask and what to look for upon your viewing. So today, we’re going to help you get the most out of an apartment tour.
When you view your potential dream-home apartment, you’re going to want to check a few critical things on your tour. And don’t feel afraid to check everything—the property manager should expect that prospective tenants want everything to be in working order. And sometimes, you can feel rushed through an apartment tour, so bringing with you a typed out checklist can come in very handy and ensures you don’t miss anything. Here’s what to include on your checklist:
This is a bit of a long list, but you’ll be able to quickly go through it as you walk about the building and the apartment. And it also keeps the property managers accountable and ensures they continue to make sure everything is in great condition when they do showings.
You can manage to check off most of your list without any assistance from the property manager, but the checklist only ensures things are in working order and leaves plenty of critical questions to ask. Here are a few things you probably want to ask the property manager on your tour.
Are there any move-in offers? Any referral benefits?
How long is the lease? What penalties are there for leaving before lease-end?
Is there a subletting policy?
Is this unit the one available? Or is it a similar unit? If so, are there differences?
What is the parking situation? Is there free or paid, and how much?
What utilities are included/not included in the rent?
Is there a storage unit available? If not, are there nearby storage options?
Where can I receive my mail/packages? Will the front desk hold and sign for packages?
Is this unit pet-friendly? Are there additional costs for that?
Bring with you this list of questions and the checklist if you want to be extra thorough. Otherwise, take note of these critical things that are what apartment tours should be all about. You are potentially going to make this place your home, and you want to ensure it fits all of your needs. So asking these questions and testing out your future home is very important, and it’s something you never want to miss. So happy hunting, and please check our available units here! We would be more than happy to set up an apartment tour with you.