Prospective renters tend to focus too much on “tangible in-unit features” such as does the apartment have washer/dryers, does it have 2 bedrooms, does it have 2 bathrooms, but this is just the start.
There are several other important, often-missed apartment features that you should consider, including safety measures, sound control, windows, fire safety, and more. Check out the list below for 16 other important apartment features and amenities to consider.
No apartment community can guarantee it’s residents’ safety against crime. Having said that, apartment communities may be able to implement certain general safety features to possibly deter crime. Ask these apartment safety questions before renting, including are there dead bolt locks? Is there good lighting?
How big (square footage) is the apartment? How does price per square foot compare to other apartments in the area?
3) Sound Control
Does the apartment building have sound control measures in place such as concrete ceilings and floors? Double pane windows?
Does the building appear neat and well maintained? Are the landscapes manicured? Is there quality landscaping?
5) Maintenance Responsiveness
How responsive is the maintenance department in the building? Are issues taken care of properly?
6) “Other” In-Unit Amenities
What other amenities does the apartment come with inside? Is there a balcony, walk-in closet, and dishwasher? Perhaps you really want a gas stove for cooking? What additional features are available? Does it meet your lifestyle needs?
7) Community Amenities
Is there a pool, gym, or clubhouse in the complex? Are amenities included in rent?
Does the apartment landscaping look inviting and maintained? Good greenery and landscaping is important for overall visual appeal, but also can prevent flooding, cool the area naturally, reduce the amount of noise and more.
9) Windows and Natural Light
Does the apartment have enough windows and natural light? Try to inspect the space in the day so you can look at whether there is enough natural light inside.
10) Fire Safety
Does the apartment have features like concrete ceilings and floors for fire safety? If not, what other fire safety features are there?
11) Management Reputation
How reputable is the management? Check their online reviews and with other tenants if possible, to ensure you sign with a reputable company.
12) Lease Terms
What are the lease terms? How much notice do you need to give? Check everything to make sure you are happy with it before signing.
13) HVAC System
Does the apartment come with central heating and cooling? Central air can offer a more consistent temperature, better visual appeal, and more light.
Not all apartments come with equal quality of parking. How many parking spaces does apartment complex have per apartment unit? For example, in the suburbs an optimum parking ratio is usually to have about 1 parking spot to every 1.25 to 1.5 apartments. In a more urban setting, there is usually less parking. Is parking included in rent or do you have to pay extra?
Does the location work for you? Is it near restaurants, shopping, places of worship, transit?
How expensive is the apartment? Have you done enough research on comparable apartments in the area? Make sure you look around at multiple apartments so you are aware of pricing in the area. Calculate cost per square foot to get a sense of apartment value.