Apartment Tour Checklist

Apartment Tour Checklist: Four Things to Consider

September 5, 2013 | Apartment Hunting, Apartment Hunting Advice

When you plan an apartment tour, you might be so excited about the prospect of finding a new home that you forget to check necessities. Apartment hunting is a job, and you get better at it as you do it more often–but that doesn’t mean that you have to suffer through bad apartments before finding the perfect abode. You apartment search can be a breeze if you consider these five things when touring rentals:

Water Pressure

Whether you’re doing the dishes, taking a shower, or simply washing your hands, you use the faucets in your apartment every single day–so checking water pressure is an absolute must! As you tour a potential apartment, turn the water on in the kitchen and bathroom to make sure the water pressure is up to your standards.

Storage Space

City apartments, especially those in older buildings, are notorious for lack of storage space. Since people 100 years ago didn’t have nearly as much stuff as we do today, closets tend to be tiny and sometimes they don’t even exist. If the apartment you are looking at has little storage, think about how you will handle it. Do you have dressers to store your clothing? Could you fit a buffet in the kitchen to keep your kitchenware?

Window and Door Locks

Although it seems impossible for an apartment to have windows without proper locks, especially on the first floor, you’d be surprised. This is one of the most important things to check during the apartment tour, and if the windows and doors don’t properly lock, immediately bring it up to the landlord. If you are serious about the unit, tell them that you will only a sign a lease if they are fixed prior to your move.

Maintenance

You can tell a lot about how your experience is going to be in an apartment by the way it looks when you go on an apartment tour for the first time. Check the condition of the windows, floors, appliances, doors, shower, toilet and walls. Look outside the apartment as well. Is the concrete along the stoop or gangway crumbling? What does the hallway outside of the unit look like? And don’t forget about any outdoor space as well, including the front landscaping and any porch or backyard area. If anything is in disrepair, ask the landlord if it will be fixed.

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