Renting a new apartment is exciting. The thought of moving to a new place and meeting new people is definitely something to look forward to. That is, as long as you don’t rush into it and make sure to do your homework. To ensure a positive rental experience, always be sure to ask these four questions before you sign a lease.
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It’s fun to shop for a new apartment, but don’t jump into anything without first reading your lease. That’s because a lease is a binding legal document so need to know what you’re signing up for. If you’re interested in a particular apartment complex, ask if you can get a copy of the lease to find out details about rent, security deposits, late fees, included amenities as well as optional extras. Of course, you can always ask about these things first, but just be sure to read the fine print before you sign anything.
Although apartment complexes want you to feel at home, there are usually some rules around the types of pets you can have and the number of people who can live in a unit. For instance, even if you’re okay sharing your shape with 3 other roommates, you may not be allowed to live in the same unit depending on the terms of your lease. With regard to pets, even if the apartment complex claims to be pet-friendly, always ask about the type and number of pets that are allowed.
Just about all apartment complexes have a penalty for breaking a lease. Some are relatively minor such as one month’s rent, while others may be significantly more prohibitive. Although you may have no plans of breaking a lease, things do happen — you might get another job, or decide to move closer to home. In these instances, it’s helpful to know ahead of time what the penalty will be if you haven’t remained for the duration of your lease.
Many apartment complexes have community amenities such as a pool that is included in the price of rent. Some apartments provide extras such as garage parking for an additional fee. There are also some that include some utilities but not others. Because every apartment complex does things differently, before you sign a lease, make sure to get the details on exactly what is included in your rent. You don’t want to have to pay extra for a garage if you don't really need it. On the other hand, an apartment that offers a fitness center and free utilities can save you over $100 a month in gym memberships and utility bills.
The best way to find your perfect apartment is to take your time and ask a lot of questions. Looking for apartments in West Chester? Contact The Lakes at West Chester Village and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call today!