When you’re looking for an apartment, as far as the apartment goes, you can pretty much see what you’re getting with your own eyes. The things you can’t see are how happy the other residents are with the staff and their service. To learn more about these, check for apartment reviews on the web.
Of course you want to believe that the sweet leasing agent will be just as delightful after you move in as she is on the day you sign your lease. This, however, is not always the case. So here is a list of 7 questions when you’re looking for an apartment.
What is your occupancy? This shows how good of a job the agents are doing at getting the property leased. It also brushes the tip of the iceberg as far as people moving out. If the property is super empty, there’s probably something going on that you will see clues to in their apartment reviews.
What is your turnover rate? This has to do with renewals – are people staying after their first lease term ends or are they getting out as soon as they can?
What percentage of the property is long term residents? The leasing agent might not give you a concrete answer, but it’s a good question to ask. You can also read in their reviews how long some residents have lived on the property. If you see residents posting who have lived there over 5 years, that is a really great sign for you.
What is the estimated time for fulfilling a service request? Most properties have promises regarding this kind of stuff. They promise to have maintenance issues solved within 24, 48 or 72 hours. Be sure to find out. And, check, their apartment reviews to see if those promises are being kept!
Is the property for sale? If the answer is yes, you need to do some critical thinking because this means that the property could be under new management during your time there and that sweet leasing agent could be replaced with a not so sweet one.
What’s the average renewal increase amount? This number will probably be given as a percentage of the current rent. But you want to try to ensure that your rent isn’t going to skyrocket in a year and force you to need to move again.
These are just a few questions to ask that can give you a good idea of where the property stands and what your experience will be like as a renter there. It’s important to do your research, including seeing what others are saying in apartment reviews.
Choosing a home is personal and it’s important to know what you’re signing up for because you want to be happy.