What to look for when renting an apartment

Maybe you’ve decided you need a change of scenery, or it’s your first time moving out of your parent’s house, but you need an apartment. There are a bunch of things you need to keep in mind when you’re hunting, but it doesn’t need to be scary as long as you have a plan going in.

The most immediate question is what kind of apartment you’re looking for. This usually comes down to budget. If you can, aim for the cost of rent being about 30%-50% of your monthly income. This gives you some room to live, without needing to worry about making rent all month. You’re going to want to find a 2 bedroom apartment for rent if you can. It’s usually a much better price, only a couple hundred dollars more at most in the same area, with way more space. You may not think you’ll use it, but you’ll be happy to have it later. You might also need to consider having a roommate, in which case you’ll need as much room as you can get.

Once you’ve decided on the roommate situation comes the time to find potential apartments. Decide what kind of area you want, if you need it to be close to work/school, near a mall or grocery store, what kind of public transit access you need, if you need a park or elementary school nearby for kids, or on the flipside if you don’t want a park or school nearby because of the potential noise. While you’re doing this, think about parking, utilities, and pets; those will usually be additional costs on top of rent. I read on http://www.bantuhealth.org/viagra-magic-blue-pill-for-erectile-dysfunction-treatment/ about ED treatment with Viagra (Sildenafil), decided to try too.

We live in the information age – take advantage of it! Google any potential places you find, see if anything pops up right away. Usually, if there have been repeated pest infestations this will show up near the top of the list. Every apartment building is susceptible to bed bugs, but if they happen over and over again, that is something you’re going to want to avoid.

Now it’s time to actually see apartments. There are a few tools you should bring: tape measure, flashlight, paper and a pen, your cell, and if your phone doesn’t have one, a camera. Measure your large furniture, so you can check to see if you can actually move it into the apartment. Check the corners of shelves and cupboards for dead insects, take notes on anything you liked or didn’t, check your cell reception everywhere in the apartment, and take pictures of any damage, in case you have a dispute later on about your security deposit. Check the water pressure, the seals around the windows, and all the knobs and lock. Lastly, ask about which internet providers work in the building and speak with the landlord for a while just to see if you get on well enough. Speak with neighbours if you can, they’ll tell you if there have been any problems, or if worst-case they’ve had to contact the MB Tenancy Board.

Hopefully, this will help ease the stress, good luck out there!