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How to Evaluate a Rental Apartment


How to Evaluate a Rental Apartment. The time to discover peeling paint, creaky
floorboards, or that the place was built on a cursed burial ground is before you sign
on the dotted line. You will need An apartment to evaluate A landlord
or managing agent to accompany you on a walk-through and attention to detail. Step 1. Inspect the neighborhood for things that will
affect your quality of life inside the apartment. For instance, a restaurant or nightclub. Make your appointment for the weekend, when
you can gauge the noise level of your neighbors. It’s hard to know whether the walls are
paper-thin if you’re the only one in the building on a weekday. Step 2. Inquire about safety. Ask the landlord a few questions: Does the
lobby entrance lock? Have the elevators been inspected recently? Are there smoke and carbon monoxide detectors? Step 3. Check the common areas, like stairwells, trash
rooms and laundry facilities, to see how clean they are. Look for hidden rodent and cockroach traps
to be sure there are no pest problems. Step 4. Check the walls for holes or peeling paint. Open and close every single door, drawer,
window, and cabinet to make sure they work properly. If there is damage, ask the landlord to make
repairs before you move in. Step 5. Run the hot and cold water in every faucet
and flush the toilets to ensure that the water pressure is good, and that there are no leaks
or slow drains. Step 6. Check all electrical fixtures and appliances. Plug an appliance or electronic device into
the outlets to make sure you’ll have power. Step 7. Ask about the heat and air conditioning. Will you have control over these utilities? If so, where are the thermostat and vents? Make sure you know how to use them, and that
they work. If you enjoy natural light, check the sun
exposure of the apartment to make sure it’s not dark and gloomy. Step 8. Put in writing anything that needs to be repaired
and have the landlord or leasing agent sign it before _you_ sign a lease. Did you know The median rent payment in the
U.S. is $755 per month.

16 Comments

theblacknred

Apr 4, 2010, 1:06 pm Reply

sour

duby149

Apr 4, 2010, 1:47 pm Reply

if you ask all of this your mostly not going to get the Apartment

Jebu911

Apr 4, 2010, 2:04 pm Reply

my rent is 1560$ so i have more than twice the US median and my house sucks

hrmarinkovic

Apr 4, 2010, 2:54 pm Reply

@MichaelOusstrin fake and gay

millionareguy

Apr 4, 2010, 3:30 pm Reply

Same here i pay $1600 for 2 bedrooms in NYC

Tiffany Mondesir

Apr 4, 2010, 5:00 pm Reply

most people i know in downtown Toronto pay about $600…
I only pay $450 though in the city.
i don't have the greatest place, but it's liveable.

Mike Conway

Apr 4, 2010, 5:53 pm Reply

@MichaelOusstrin Hopefully they don't rent to phobes like you.

WillyM79

Apr 4, 2010, 6:08 pm Reply

0:05 looks like someone took a dump in the sink

kabukiforever

Apr 4, 2010, 7:56 pm Reply

my pays like 1600 a month for a 3 bedroom house

kabukiforever

Apr 4, 2010, 7:57 pm Reply

@kabukiforever *mom

Tiffany Mondesir

Apr 4, 2010, 8:33 pm Reply

@chizzy555 well i share, and I live in a house… not an apartment.

Ilovethegoldenhour

Apr 4, 2010, 7:34 am Reply

i love her green peacoat

Gregory Stevens

Apr 4, 2010, 12:13 am Reply

Whoever calls this video fake and gay is fake and gay.

Ginger Ashford-Tansil

Dec 12, 2015, 4:16 pm Reply

How do I help my 18 year old granddaughter find her first apartment?

Surface Renew

Jan 1, 2016, 8:57 pm Reply

I have found that having resurfaced tub, tiles, sinks and counter tops really helps to raise the overall appearance to a prospective renter.

DOSBoxMom

Jun 6, 2019, 2:08 pm Reply

Take pictures of any defects, too (an easy matter now, when most people have cameras built into their phones). This will help you prove that a certain defect was pre-existing at the time of rental if your landlord gets difficult about returning your security deposit when you move out. There are also a lot of pre-printed move-in checklists available online to download and print out; some are geared more towards evaluating the neighborhood and the apartment's amenities, while others emphasize the physical condition of the apartment.

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