Look for Things in an Apartment that are Appealing Before You Sign a Lease

Apartment shoppers don't always pay attention to the little things when seeking their future  residence.  A place that you are going to spend the most of your time during evenings and weekends will grate on your nerves if it has its share of issues.  If you or someone living with you will be there often, it would make sense to look for any potential problems that you know that person can't live with before signing any apartment lease contract. Be sure things will be fixed or upgraded prior to move-in.

Everyone has their preferences.  Some apartment shoppers are high maintenance types who need everything to look and work right prior to moving-in.  Others don't care so much and won't mind waiting for some things to get done while living in a suite (I don't recommend).  But wherever you fall in the range of high maintenance to low, one thing is for sure, you want a livable, visibly appealing suite.

Apartment management and staff must ensure that all small and large things are handled in a unit including needed upgrades.  The following photographs show how a manager noticed the little things and made sure needed upgrades were done.

Some things to think about when making a suite rent ready.

1.  Are tiled floors visually appealing?

2.  Is the paint job in the unit fresh and professionally done?

3.  Are sink fixtures workable and upgraded to match the rest of the unit?

4.  Are the outlet covers installed correctly and clean?

5. Is lighting adequate throughout the place?

6.  Does the bathroom fan work and is it clean?  What about other vents?

7.  Is the toilet seat spotless and secure?

8.  Does the ceiling fan work?

9.  Is the thermostat upgraded to save the resident money?

10.  Are door handles easy to use and nice to view?

11.  Is the fire alarm modern and is it operable?

12.  Do the closet upgrades fit a modern lifestyle?

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