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So you’re in the market to rent an apartment, but trying to figure out how many apartments you should tour?

That’s a good question and one we hear frequently.

A good rule of thumb is to tour at least three (3) different apartment communities in your desired area (though you may want more or less depending on personal preference).

Quick Summary Video (if you prefer)…and then keep reading…

If you’re a seasoned renter and/or know the area well, one apartment tour might be enough.

How To Plan Your Apartment Tour?

Planning an apartment tour isn’t too difficult, especially if it is on the market for rent. Here are some steps to follow –

  1. Plan on each apartment tour taking about an hour, though they usually take only 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Call the agent and find out if there are any scheduled times for tours if not listed on the ad or website.
  3. Figure out what days and times work best for you, and then schedule your apartment tour – find out if you need a specific appointment.
  4. Find out where you need to park or if there are any public transport options nearby. This helps avoid unnecessary frustration on the day of the tour.
  5. Many agents and landlords now offer virtual tours of rental apartments. You might even want to check this out before deciding whether the apartment is worth touring in-person.

What Questions Should You Ask On Your Tour?

Though you’ve confirmed some basic questions on your call, prepare a list of more detailed things to ask during the apartment tour, including  –

  • How long is the lease for?
  • What are all the fees I owe each month, Rent? Utilities? Security Deposit? Amenity fees?
  • How much is the application fee?
  • Is there a subletting policy?
  • Does the apartment have parking?
  • Can I alter my apartment?
  • Is there a storage unit allotted to the apartment?
  • How does repair and maintenance work? Who do you call in an emergency?
  • How much notice is required to end the lease?
  • What Sound Control Measures are In Place?
  • Is the apartment pet friendly? If so, what is the additional costs?

Don’t be afraid to ask a few questions during your tour to eliminate any doubts you may have.

What To Look For During Your Apartment Tour?

When touring the apartment, here are some specific things to look for –

  1. Are there any signs of pests like cockroaches, ants, and mice?
  2. Does the apartment model seem to be in good condition? Of course your apartment could be different but it’s good to see if the company keeps their model in good shape.
  3. Are the grounds in good condition or is there trash everywhere?
  4. Does the apartment complex seem well maintained?
  5. Is there ample greenery and landscaping at the apartment?
  6. Do the apartments seem to have good natural light?
  7. Does the apartment seem quiet once inside the unit?
  8. Is the leasing agent professional and kind?
  9. Does it seem like a place you would want to live?

If you’re touring apartments in the winter, be sure to plan accordingly, including calling ahead to find out about parking, considering virtual tours, and more.

Pro-Tip: Keep in mind that waiting too long could cause you to lose out on some rentals, which is why you want to complete tours in a relatively short time-frame so you can make an informed decision.

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