Apartment Hunting for Dummies.
November 30, 2010 6:40 AM Subscribe
My girlfriend and I are looking at apartments in Savannah, GA this Friday, but we are at a loss as to what questions we should be asking and what we should be looking for when we physically see the apartments.
My girlfriend was just hired for a job in Savannah which starts in a few weeks and we need to find an apartment as soon as possible. We've narrowed down the choice to 3 or 4 different apartments, and on Friday we are driving down to see each of them. This is the first time either of us have had to find an apartment, and I'm not sure what kind of questions I should ask or what I should be looking for in each of the units.
Some things that spring to mind, in no particular order:
Parking - Lot or deck? Will there be reserved spots? Does the parking situation seem safe/well-lit?
Laundry - Is there a hook-up? Are machines included? If not, is there an on-site laundromat?
Lighting - Which direction do the windows face?
Noise - What are the rules on noise? How soundproof is the space?
Neighbors - What age are the neighbors? Will there be kids around? Is there a HOA/COA?
Trash - Is there pickup? Recycling?
Utilities - Included or not? How much is the average bill? Is there a choice of ISPs? Gas or electric?
Facilities - Pool? Gym?
Pets - Are pets allowed? What kinds?
Damage/Maintenance - Is the unit already in bad shape? Water-damage? Who do we contact for maintenance? What are the rules about wear and tear.
Any finally the big question is the rental agreement itself. Obviously we'll be looking at the monthly price and deposits stated in the contract, but what kind of fees or 'gotchas' should we be keeping an eye out for? Are prices negotiable or is it discussing the price something to be avoided? Is renter's insurance worth it? And finally, are there any other tips or considerations I've missed?