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It’s best to be prepared before going on an apartment tour, so before you visit an apartment property, be sure you know what you’re looking for in an apartment.  Apartment tours can be fast-paced, so you don’t want to forget anything.  Reference your list of what to look for in an apartment, then ask these questions so you can find the perfect apartment.

  • How long is the apartment lease?

  • Can I break the lease?  Is there a penalty fee?

  • What is the apartment’s policy on subletting?

  • Is there an application fee?

  • What is the deposit amount? Is it refundable?

  • Does the apartment require renter’s insurance?

  • When is rent due? Is there a grace period for late payments?

  • Are any utilities (water, gas, cable, trash, etc.) included in the rent amount? If so, which ones?

  • What forms of payment are acceptable for rent?

  • What is the procedure for making a maintenance request?

  • Is 24-hour emergency maintenance available?

  • Does the apartment allow pets? Is there a pet deposit or monthly fee?

  • What parking does the apartment offer? Is there a fee or permit required?

  • What are hours of the leasing office?

  • What are the hours of the apartment’s facilities (pool, fitness center, laundry facility, etc.)?

  • Are there any special facilities or amenities that the apartment offers for an additional fee?

  • Are there any other deposits, fees, or charges I should know about?

  • Is the apartment offering any discounts or special offers?
  • Is there a copy of the floor plans or a brochure about the apartment that I can take with me?

Remember; don’t be shy about asking questions on an apartment tour!  Write down what you learn so you can reference your notes later when comparing apartments later, and take any business cards or paper handouts that are available.

 
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