So, where do you get the floorplans for your apartment? Usually, you can get them from the property manager (perhaps during your initial tour), and you certainly should have reviewed the floorplans before you sign a lease. The floorplans might also be available online. In practice, you should also confirm that the apartment identified on the lease is the same floor plan you anticipated and agreed to before you sign the lease. This will avoid misunderstandings and mistakes. It is also much easier to plan furniture with a floorplan to determine if your existing furniture fits, and if you might need to add or remove furniture.
Why Get an Apartment Floorplan Beforehand?
Getting your apartment floorplan before moving in is smart for a number of reasons –
- Allows you to choose furniture, beds and other items for the space in advance.
- Gives you the opportunity to consider the layout to decide whether it suits your needs and lifestyle.
Without a floorplan, it can be difficult for you to visualize the space and to determine if it accommodates your families’ needs.
Evaluating Space in the Floorplan
One of the biggest considerations in picking a floor plan should be the amount and functionality of the apartment space and layout. The floorplan will help you determine this in advance. It will help you determine if the design and layout of the apartment being offered is a fit for your lifestyle. Here are some questions to consider when looking at a floor plan –
- Does the apartment provide adequate space for the type of furniture and storage you need? Tip: Usually best to wait to order furniture until you can see actual space
- Do the dimensions work with any existing furniture you have?
- Can you segregate the apartment into specific spaces like study areas, living areas?
- Does it come with a washer and dryer?
- Is it an open floor plan concept or is each room walled off?
- Is the kitchen open layout or is it more an alleyway kitchen?
- Do there seem to be enough windows?
- Is there a tub or stand up shower? You may have a preference
- What type of flooring is there? (carpet or plank flooring)
- What floor will the unit be on (i.e. 1st floor, 2nd floor, etc.)
Even if the property manager provides you with a description of the apartment, always ask for a floorplan so you can understand the space more clearly, particularly if you have not seen the apartment in person. There’s a lot of useful information you can obtain from a floor plan, information that will help you make better and more informed decisions.