3 Things You Should Ask The Property Manager About Before Renting An Apartment
Before you sign the rental agreement on a new apartment, make sure that you ask your potential new property manager about the security features, construction quality and what's included with the apartment.
#1 Quality Of Construction
You can spot the quality of construction a little bit on your own when you are getting a tour of the apartment. However, it can also be helpful to also ask about the construction. Find out when the apartment buildings were built; keep in mind that really old apartment buildings may have less insulation, resulting in the need to heat the place up more in the winter and cool it down more in the summer.
Make sure that you look for signs that the apartments are well constructed, such as doors and windows that are well-sealed. Also, check online for reviews about the apartment to find out if anyone had building-quality issues with the apartment complex you are interested in renting from.
#2 Included Features
Second, you need to make sure that you ask the property manager what will be included with your apartment. Don't assume that the items you saw in the model apartment are what will be included in your apartment.
You are going to want to ask and make sure that the following items are includes with your rental:
- Window Coverings
- Window Screens
- Parking Space
If the property manager indicated that any of these items are includes, or that you'll have to provide any of these items, make sure that you get that information in writing. You don't want to move out and take the window screens that you purchased, only to be fined because your apartment should have come with window screens. You also don't want to sell off your appliances because you think the apartment comes with them, only to move in and find all the appliances missing.
It is best to double-check and get this information in writing within your rental agreement.
#3 Security Measures
Finally, make sure that you inquire about the level of security that the apartment comes with.
Does your apartment have a security system? Who has access to change the code? Who responds when an alarm is set off? Find out if the apartment has a security system or if you are allowed to add one.
Next, find out if the locks where changed after the last tenant moves out. If not, insist that the locks be changes; you don't want someone you don't know having access to your apartment.
Finally, find out what the overall security is provide for the complex as a whole. Isi there a security guard on site? Is there a security company that drivers through?
Make sure that you are comfortable with the level of security provided, extra features that are included as well as the quality of the construction before you sign the lease agreement.