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 have heard frequently.
So, just how many apartments should you tour? This is a personal preference and depends on how much research you’ve done and how specific your requirements. In general though, a good rule of thumb is to tour at least three different apartment complexes in your desired area to really make a comparison.
Seeing just one apartment complex is likely not enough. If you think it’s great, you won’t know what to compare it to. If you think it’s bad, you still won’t know how to compare.
Having said that, if you’re a seasoned renter and/or know the area well, one apartment tour might be enough. After all, you don’t want to miss out on an apartment that could become available in your dream community.
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 –
- Call the agent and find out if there are any scheduled times for tours if not listed on the ad or website.
- Figure out what days and times work best for you, and then schedule your apartment tour – find out if you need a specific appointment.
- 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.
- 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 –
- Are there any signs of pests like cockroaches, ants, and rats?
- 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.
- Are the grounds in good condition or is there trash everywhere?
- Is the landscaping well maintained?
- Do the apartments seem to have good natural light?
- Does the apartment seem quiet once inside the unit?
- Is the leasing agent professional and kind?
- Does it seem like a place you would want to live?
Use this guide to help you make the best choice when determining how many apartment tours to go on.
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.