An apartment hunt can be a crazy experience, especially when looking for apartments for rent in Phoenix, AZ. With everything you have to look at and double-check, it is easy to miss doing a few things, even with a list in hand.
Below are a few apartment-hunting tips that will help you remember those things most renters forget to do.
Check that both the air conditioning and heater are working
It is very easy to forget to check that the air conditioner is working as expected since it's very often an assumption we tend to make here in Phoenix, especially if you're not a Phoenix native. Make sure to check that the AC and the heater run properly depending on the season it is when you are apartment hunting. You need both, so make sure to try them out.
Look at and in the cabinets
The cabinets are a great place to figure out whether or not the apartment has experienced infestations of any kind. Bugs tend to gravitate to the corners so look there for signs of life, remains or their waste.
Also, be on the lookout for old poison traps. While the cleaning staff may remove most traps to give the apartment a cleaner feel, they often forget traps in cabinets.
Talk to the neighbors
Talking to the neighbors can be a good insight into the local community as well as the landlord. Ask about how things are on a day-to-day basis.
Take this time to get to know your possible future neighbors and see if you would have any problems living near them. Ask about their relationship with the landlord, specifically how the landlord handles problems.
Try out your cell reception
Unless you plan on using a landline, you will most likely need to verify that your cell reception is adequate. Cell phone service can be spotty in some areas of a property and work fine in others, so try out your phone in different spots before switching carriers.
Look for maintenance staff
If you ever have a problem, the people you will most likely need are the maintenance staff. While touring the property, look to see if they are around and how friendly or helpful they are.
When looking at the apartments, look to see if you can spot their handy work. If you can find it and it’s obvious, you know they are not doing as well of a job as they should be.
Look at the small things
Do not forget to check that all of the items listed below function appropriately:
- Electrical sockets
- Light switches
- Water pressure and temperature
If you note any damages, make sure to take appropriate photos or video footage with a time stamp included.
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