1. Keep away from communities that are near alley ways.
Some areas have drug problems and many dealers enjoy the convenience of conducting their transactions in alley ways. Thieves like alleys as well, because it is easy for them to get away.
2. Pass on seeing apartment communities on major roads or next to freeways.
If noise is an issue for you, why bother viewing a place that a leasing professional might talk you into getting? Busy roads and streets are often noisy. Ambulances and fire trucks typically drive down these roads and pets in the area respond to the sound.
3. Be mindful of upstairs units with flat roofs.
Leaks are a big issue when it comes to roofs in general, but flat ones tend to be more problematic. Also, some people like standing or sitting on them.
4. Think twice about moving into a unit on the second floor.
Noise above you and noise beneath are issues with these units. Once again, if you are sensitive to noise, don't bother.
5. If you have children, consider places that have a play area or nearby park. Don't bother with those that don't.
Children will get bored and if there is no where for them to run around, then they will use the apartment as their play area for jumping and running around which will disturb neighbors.
6. Skip ads that expect the resident to pay not only rent but all utilities too.
When you have a limited budget, don't make matters worse trying to rent a beautiful, expensive rental that doesn't include any utilities in the monthly rent. The more apartment shoppers that pass on these ads, the less likely these owners will try to lure them into paying for everything.
7. Think before you agree to live in a unit near a major entrance on the property, parking lot, pool area, laundry, or party room.
The traffic in these areas will be more than most even though you will just love the convenience of being near everything. However, sleep will soon be affected and you won't be too happy hearing people, cars, music, doors slamming, and more--sometimes all at the same time! Before long, you will be in the landlord's office complaining about one thing or another. If you know you are sensitive to heavy traffic and noise, look elsewhere in the community.
Remember, if you take the time to view the community, shut out the leasing professional's sales pitch, and digest some of what you see and hear, you will think twice about settling on an apartment rental you really aren't completely sold on.