Congratulations! You’ve budgeted the money you need to move into your first or a new apartment, and now you’re ready to take the giant leap of touring an apartment or two or three. When you tour apartments, you want to make the most of it to help you narrow down which places the best suit your lifestyle. Here is a guideline on what not to do when touring an apartment.
Not Bringing Measuring Tape When Touring an Apartment
It’s helpful to bring measuring tape if you’re almost sure that you want to move into a particular apartment community. The benefit of measuring tape is knowing what furniture will and won’t fit into this space after you leave the tour. There isn’t anything wrong with doing some window shopping or adding fabulous furniture ideas to a Pinterest board.
However, you never want to buy a television or couch without understanding your apartment’s dimensions. You could end up wasting a lot of money or time returning items. After moving into your new space, you could also measure the walls and flooring. However, you’ll most likely feel less overwhelmed planning things ahead of time.
Don’t Forget to Bring Your Roommate, Partner, or Spouse to the Tour.
It’s best practice to bring a roommate, partner, or spouse when touring an apartment versus requesting separate showings or going alone. You’ll maximize everyone’s time, and seeing the apartment might raise some essential questions. For example, the bedrooms in most two-bedroom apartments are unequal in size. You and your roommate might decide who receives the larger bedroom right then and there.
You and your spouse might also decide that the second bedroom should be a home office or guest bedroom. If you’re a first-time renter, it could also bring friends or parents along who can share their decisions about your new potential place. Also, apartments become unavailable quickly in a competitive rental market. Instead of setting up a second tour to see what the second occupant thinks, they’ll be there to share their opinions and speed up the decision process.
Don’t Delay Paperwork.
When you start touring apartments, your paperwork should be ready to move the process along faster. These documents might include an employment letter, pay stubs, tax returns, a reference letter from a former landlord (if you’re not a first-time renter), and bank statements from the past three months.
Don’t Come Without Questions Ready
Some questions that you’ll want to ask include:
- Are pets allowed? If so, what are the breed and weight restrictions? How much are the pet deposit and monthly fee?
- How much is the security deposit? Are there any other fees?
- What utilities are my responsibility?
- What are the qualifications for becoming approved for an apartment?
You’ll also want to tour the entire apartment community to see its communal amenities to see if there is a fitness center, pool, or playgrounds and grill areas. Contact us whenever you’re ready to request a tour.
The Apartments of Wildewood have a friendly community that’s waiting to welcome you!
At The Apartments of Wildewood, located in beautiful in St. Mary’s Maryland, we offer homes with access to pools, an on-site gym, and maintenance whenever you need it – and have access to all the information you need to affordably rent an apartment in St. Mary’s. To set up an appointment to check out an apartment or townhouse rental from The Apartments of Wildewood, call us at 301.737.0737 or visit the website at www.apartmentsofwildewood.com.