Nowadays, apartment hunting usually happens online, and that you probably would be presented with many choices. Whether this is your first time renting or not, there are a few things you should consider and remember before you start so that you can improve your search experience.
1. Know Your Priorities
What do you care about the most when looking for an apartment? Is it the price, location, number of bedrooms, or something else?
Understanding what matters to you the most is very important, as sometimes an abundance of choices can blur your vision. We suggest picking three top priorities, so once you have them in mind, all you need to do is make sure whatever you pick fits those three categories. And, anything else that comes along will be bonus points.
2. Take a Tour of the Apartment (Virtual or In-Person)
Knowing what you are walking into is important, and even though we are currently still in a global pandemic, it doesn’t mean you cannot request to view an apartment unit, especially through video calls.
It’s crucial that you know what the layout looks like, so that you can see whether you like the apartment in general, as well as plan out the set-up for furniture ahead of moving in. And, if you care about the views outside of the apartment windows, now is the chance for you to take a good look.
Real estate agents at RentWise Boston provide both virtual and real-life apartment tours, depending on your preference. If the tours were to be in-person, we follow strict Covid-19 safety guidelines, from wearing masks to sanitizing hands and keys. You may also find more information here: rentwiseboston.com/about
3. Understand the Lease & Rules
Leases are different for different landlords and management companies, and they highlight not only the rules (e.g. quiet hours, additional fees) and terms (e.g. rent due date), but also what is included in the apartment/ rental contract (e.g. electricity and gas bills). Therefore, understanding what the lease entails is important, as it illustrates what your rights are, what you are entitled to, as well as what you need to pay or be aware of.
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