On the hunt for your next apartment? Here are some easy tips to help you find your next home!
Set a budget
The first step is figuring out how much you can spend on an apartment. Only look at apartments that fall within your budget; otherwise you're just setting yourself up for disappointment falling in love with an apartment out of your range. Consider costs of utilities, groceries, and extra spending money when determining your budget.
Do you want your apartment community to have a pool? Playgrounds? A laundry care center? Determine which amenities are most important to you and keep these in mind as you search.
Ask about maintenance
Be sure to ask about the deal with maintenance. If there's an emergency leak, is there someone on call 24/7 or is maintenance only available during business hours? At A&G communities, our Blue Ribbon maintenance service is available 24/7.
If you're looking at multiple apartments, it can be helpful to create a spreadsheet where you can keep track of rent costs, security deposits, and other pertinent information. Also, snap a few pictures at each location you visit to help you keep them straight.
Be sure to ask about the pet policy if you're planning on bringing furry friends into your new home. Pets are associated with extra fees, so make sure this is factored into your rent budget. Many of our apartment communities are pet-friendly and feature "Barks Parks" for your dogs to run and play.
Ask about specials
Some apartment communities may be offering specials and discounts for certain floorplans or occupations (like the A&G Appreciation Package) that cut down on your rent. It can't hurt to ask!
Read your lease
Leases are legally binding contracts so be sure to read through the lease carefully before signing and ask any questions you may have.
You may fall in love with an apartment right away, so come prepared with everything you might need to sign for an apartment on the same day like recent pay stubs, references, information of past landlords and a check so you can put down your deposit and secure your dream home!