Moving into an apartment is a big deal. Whether it is your first apartment or your tenth, the nerves are equivalent. You will have so many questions, such as, “Will this place be big enough?” “Will the complex be nice?” “Will management be helpful?” There are a lot of thoughts that will be racing through your brain, but before moving into a place, there are things that you can do to help calm some of that anxiety you may be feeling.
1. Check out the website
How a website is designed can say a lot about a place. Is it updated? Does it have everything you need to know such as features, floor plans, and photos? Take as much time as you need and look at every aspect of the website. This could give you the first feel of whether or not this is the right place for you.
2. Join their social network!
Are they active on social media? Check out some of their posts, see if their tone is friendly and welcoming, and while you are there, engage with the other residents. This will give you an idea about the type of people you could be potentially living around.
3. Familiarize yourself with reviews
Reviews are some of the most honest opinions you can get on a property. Keep in mind, however, that reviews are often where people turn to when something goes wrong and are full of people complaining rather than praising. For every bad review, there is often someone who is enjoying the complex. Do not depend this decision solely on the reviews.
4. Reach out to the Leasing Office with specific questions
There is no such thing as too many questions. The Property Manager wants you to become a resident at their community, and they know how to answer anything that may be of concern to you. Before calling, write down a list of questions you have, and do not hesitate to ask them–no matter how many there are.
5. Do your research
Research is your best friend. Look into the company that owns the apartment complex. Research what there is to do around the area. Look up anything and everything that has to do with your potential new home.
6. Take a tour to get the feel!
If you like what you see, take a tour! That is the most important step to take before renting your new home. Compared to what you are seeing online, touring may change your opinion, positively or negatively. Do not be afraid to ask to see certain areas while you are touring. You deserve a thorough look before signing the lease.
Take your time, ask questions, do research, and good luck in your apartment-hunting journey!