Investing In A Better Home

Some Key Things To Look For When Touring Apartments

If you're looking for a new apartment rental, you'll likely check out at least a few options before you decide where to live. When touring the apartments that are available, you'll want to ask the landlord questions and look for other things that could influence your decision of whether to move there or not. Here are some things to look for when touring apartments.


Many of the best apartments for rent are furnished with great amenities that can add more comfort and enjoyment to your living space, and you'll want to choose an apartment that has all the right amenities for your lifestyle. If you don't want to have to wash your clothes at a laundromat or communal laundry facility, you should look for apartments that have washers and dryers included in their units. Some apartments may feature additional amenities like:

  • New appliances
  • Smart features
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • Private balconies or patios
  • Onsite pools and fitness centers

Internet Access

You probably rely on the internet more often than you realize, and you'll want to make sure that any apartment that you're thinking of moving into has reliable ways to connect online. Wi-Fi service will be especially important if you access the internet through a laptop or other mobile devices. Many apartment communities require tenants to sign up for their own internet plans, but you might find a place that includes internet service in the rental price.

Signs of Pests

You definitely won't want pests included in your apartment rental, and checking for any signs of pests will be especially important when touring apartments. Damaged wood, frayed wires, and holes in walls are among the most common telltale signs of pest damage that you'll want to look for when you check out places to live. You should also keep an eye out for animal droppings. If you still want to move into a place that has signs of pest problems, it will be to your advantage to get an agreement from the landlord in writing stating that the pest problem will be resolved before you occupy the premises.

Safety Features

Safety is another priority that you should keep in mind when you tour each apartment. It's best to check the locks on all doors and make sure that all the windows are secure to help prevent break-ins. Smoke detectors should also be in working order. If an apartment includes a security alarm, you may want to have the alarm tested for extra assurance. You can also check the lighting in common areas and the security of the apartment community's main entrance for additional peace of mind.

Finding your next apartment can be a lot easier if you keep these useful tips in mind. Knowing what to look for can help you separate the good from the bad easier so that you won't waste so much time looking at apartments that don't fit your requirements.  

If you need help finding an apartment for rent, contact a local real estate agent.

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Investing In A Better Home

Few things are more overwhelming than choosing your first home. I would know, because I purchased my first place about a year ago. When we first moved in, we realized that there were a few things that we were going to need to change. Even though we had carefully looked over the listing and walked through the property, the house was riddled with problems like broken outlets, bad paint jobs, and even broken plumbing fixtures. Fortunately, we learned how to fix things on our own, which has saved us a lot of money. This blog is all about real estate, DIY projects, and the joy of home ownership.