Searching for the perfect apartment can be fun and exhilarating, but it can also be a minefield. Finding the right property, whether it is to buy or to rent, is a painstaking process with so many things to be looking out for, questions that need to be asked, and problems that may need to be addressed.
This post is aimed at making that search just a little bit easier, giving you ideas about the things you should be aware of, things you should be looking for, and also services and help that could make that search a little more pain free.
Read Through The Apartment Details
First things first, you need to come up with a spec of what you need your apartment to have in terms of space and amenities, and what it needs to be close to – i.e. public transport links, a good school, an interesting cultural life. Make your list and then use a search facility like Zumper in order to truly filter your needs. Zumper is a brilliant search facility that looks at houses, apartments and condos and filters them by location, price range, bedroom count, pet-friendly, or amenities. It is updated in real-time, so you’ll always see new rentals on Zumper first, allowing you to get a race on for the most desirable properties and areas. This particularly works well when it comes to the most popular and desirable areas in cities like New York, where rent controlled apartments in particular are at a premium, (we all remember Carrie Bradshaw and her valuable rent controlled apartment in Sex and the City don’t we.) and newly listed apartments are snapped up very quickly. Zumper is also great if you are looking for somewhere that you can move into really quickly, as you can submit digital rental applications and credit reports with Zumper’s screening service, powered by TransUnion™.
Be Careful During Your Viewing
It is very easy to get carried away on a viewing and think everything is perfect, especially if the property is furnished. But landlords and vendors will often be trying to hide imperfections and issues, so you need to look at the space with a more detached view, let your head rule your heart in this case. Open all the doors and cupboards, look carefully at every room, looking for things like damp or animal droppings that may be the sign of a deeper issue with the property. Check taps work, switch on lights and generally check, check, check!
Ask The Right Questions
Before you go for your viewing, make a list of questions that you want to know about the property, the amenities included in the tenancy, and the general area that the building is in. Take your list with you so you don’t forget what you want to ask, and also ask anything else you think of whilst you are doing the viewing. Don’t feel afraid to ring up with more questions if you think of any after the viewing, after all, a property of any kind is a big expense, so you don’t just jump into this both feet first. Zumper has some great ideas for questions if you’re not sure what you should be asking.