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Considering an Apartment? Ask These Questions First!

Posted by Ryan Potvin on Apr 30, 2019 9:36:00 AM

Questions to ask before moving into an apartmentThe decision to move into an apartment is a big one. After all, it’s going to be your new home for the foreseeable future. When it comes to making big decisions, it’s always best to know exactly what it is you’re going to get. That means knowing the right questions to ask so you don’t end up in a long-term lease with problems you had no idea even existed. We’ve put together a list of 5 questions to ask your apartment management team, so you know exactly what to expect before you sign the lease.

How Old is the Unit?

One of the best ways to get a feel for the quality of an apartment unit is to know its age. The older it is, the more likely there are to be some behind-the-scenes issues. While many apartments regularly perform maintenance to ensure their units are in top condition, there are unfortunately some that slap on a new coat of paint and hope you don’t ask too many questions. Make sure you’re informed about the age of the unit and, if it’s an older unit, what kind of maintenance has been performed on it.

How Loud Does It Get? (Especially at night)

Noise levels, particularly at night, can be a hindrance for many people. If you’re a light sleeper or you just don’t want to tune out other people’s noise, it’s a good idea to know what kind of sound proofing (if any) the apartment units have. You could also inquire if there is a noise policy. In addition to discussing this with management, you can also read online reviews to get first-hand information on what to expect.

What is the Pet Policy?

Whether you’re an animal lover or not, an apartment’s pet policy is a big deal. If you’re a person who can’t live without a fur baby, you’ll want to make sure the apartment complex you’re looking into is pet friendly. If, on the other hand, you’re not all that into the idea of having animals all around, you’ll want to see what policies are in place to keep the animals out of your hair.

Am I Allowed to Paint and Decorate?

While many apartments look great the day you move in, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like home until you’ve added a splash of color here or a decoration there. Find out from management if painting is an option and what decorations you’re allowed to put up. Is there a policy against mounting your TV or artwork? Are there paint color restrictions? These are the types of questions you should be asking.

Are There Any Monthly Fees in Addition to Rent?

This is a big one for many people. The last thing you want is to sign your lease just to find out there were a bunch of hidden fees written in fine print. Make sure you’re aware if there are any additional fees such as administrative charges, maintenance costs, or parking expenses. While sometimes there are good reasons for these fees, you always want to know what they are upfront.

Are you looking for an apartment to call home in the Raleigh or Garner, NC area? We’d love to have you visit! Cleveland Crossing Luxury Apartments has a host of amenities including pet parks, a resort style swimming pool, gym, outdoor grills, and more! Call us today or schedule a visit online to see all that Cleveland Crossing has to offer.

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Topics: Apartment Living