5 Things to Ask on an Apartment Showing
February 16, 2018
Congrats! You just got your first job out of college, and you cannot wait to live on your own and start your life as a full time working individual! Now comes the fun part, searching for your first apartment. Do you want to save money and get smaller apartment, or possibly find a roommate? Whatever your plans may be, we have our top 5 most asked questions that you should make sure to clarify on any apartment showing.
- What’s Included in the Rent?
- Do you pay for water, trash removal, sewer fees? Are those included or is there a monthly fee for each? Some apartments will charge a base rate fee for water each month, per person. Small charges such as $16/month/person for water can certainly add up! Also, make sure you confirm what utilities need to be paid: what is gas, what is electric and what the average price for that unit’s utilities.
- How Old is the Building?
- This is a great question to ask if you didn’t do your research prior. Also, you could clarify to see if there were any renovations or any planned for the future.
- What is the Pet Policy?
- Whether you have a pet or not, this is a great question to ask! There may be extra monthly fees associated with having a pet, or the property may not allow pets. Also, it’s a great idea to ask about dog breed restrictions if you plan on getting a dog in the future!
- Is There an Option to Break My Lease?
- Possibly you plan on buying a home soon or you don’t know the longevity of your job. It’s great to ask if there is an option to break your lease or find a sublet. Many apartments do not allow you to break your lease, or you must find your own sublet. Some apartments also offer short term lease options for an additional fee. It’s great to clarify if you do not think you will be able to carry out your entire 12-month lease.
- What is Covered Under a Maintenance Request & Is There an Emergency Maintenance Line?
- Make sure you clarify what is considered a maintenance request and what is your own tenant expectation. Do you have to change your own lightbulbs, or would maintenance do that for you? Also, if you have a massive ceiling leak in the middle of the night on a Saturday, is there an emergency maintenance line to call and are they prompt to respond to the situation?
Hopefully these questions will help you prepare for your new apartment! Do you have any questions that you feel are imperative to ask on a showing? Let us know in the comments below!