If you’ve decided it’s time to move into a new apartment, regardless of whether it’s your first one or not, it’s important that you know which specific qualities to look for. Knowing these qualities early on will help you narrow your choices and make the selection process much easier.
The next time you begin searching the Ottawa Apartments in your area to find your next home, here are the top five qualities you will want to always keep in mind:
1. A Good Neighborhood
It doesn’t matter how much you love the actual apartment, if you don’t like the neighborhood that apartment is in you probably won’t enjoy living there.
The good news is you can easily scout out the neighborhood before you even tour the apartment. You can either visit the actual neighborhood during day and nighttime hours, or you could conduct thorough research online to evaluate how safe it is.
2. No Damage
When the time comes to tour the apartment, you’ll want to take note of several things after you arrive, with the most critical being any signs of visible damage to the apartment or the complex.
Even if there is any sign of limited damage that you don’t judge to be too serious, still ask the landlord if they would be willing to fix it or if they will give you a lower monthly rent. If there are signs of moderate to excessive damage, avoid moving into the apartment altogether.
3. Reasonable Cost
Not only does the apartment you are considering need to fit within your budget, it also needs to be reasonably priced in comparison to the other apartments in the area. If one particular apartment you are interested in is higher priced than the others in town, point this out to your potential landlord and ask what the justification for the higher cost is.
4. Luxuries and Amenities
While amenities such as laundry equipment or a gym room are not one hundred percent necessary, there’s no denying that they are still convenient to have. If a specific amenity you strongly desire is not available, make sure that you have alternatives nearby and ask for a small reduction in monthly rent from your potential landlord.
5. A Fair Lease
Last but not least, you need to carefully read through every word of your lease agreement before signing. Specific things you need to look for in your agreement include the monthly rent, the terms of the lease, utilities, amenities, who is responsible paying for any future damages, whether pets are allowed, if you can customize the inside of your apartment, and any additional fees there are.
Finding Your Next Apartment
Searching for your next apartment is an exciting process, but it’s still important that you don’t let your eagerness blind your reasoning. The five qualities we have covered in this article are not too much to ask for, and you’ll definitely have a happier time living at the apartment if it has each of them.