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4 Things You Need To Know Before Moving Into an Apartment

Follow these tips for a seamless move!

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Renting an apartment isn’t nearly as big of a process as buying a home, but there are certain things that you should be aware of before signing a lease. An apartment lease is a legal and binding document, so you’ll want to ask plenty of questions to ensure that you know exactly what to expect.  At The Lakes at West Chester Village, we know that finding the right apartment is a big decision. That’s why we’ve created this short list of things to know before you move in. Keep reading, and if you’re looking for cozy 1-bedroom apartments, or more spacious 3- and 2-bedroom apartments, we invite you to give us a call to schedule a tour.

Understand the Lease

As previously stated, the lease is a binding contract between you and the apartment owner. That means you’ll want to review it with a fine-toothed comb (or have a lawyer review it) before you sign on the line. Make sure to take note of how long the lease lasts — most are for one year, but some apartments have short-term or even month-to-month leases. You’ll also want to find out what the rules are for paying rent, breaking a lease, and the specifics of your security deposit.

What is the Neighborhood Like?

An apartment complex might look good from the pictures on their website, but you’ll want to take a closer look at what the neighborhood is like. Is the apartment located in a busy area in the middle of town, or in a quiet residential area? Is it close to shopping, dining, and public transportation or will you have to get in your car a drive a distance to get to where you want to be? The answers to these questions aren’t necessarily deal-breakers, just make sure to do your homework and find out what it will be like to actually live in the area where your potential new apartment is located.


Get Renter’s Insurance

Renter’s insurance is a smart asset to have, although very few people choose to get it. There are some apartments that will require you to get it, so make sure to ask about that ahead of time. Renter’s insurance provides affordable protection that can help in the event of a burglary, fire, or even a natural disaster. All insurance policies are different, so be sure to check around for the best one for your needs.


Can You Bring Your Pet?

Some people don’t realize that not all apartments allow pets. This is very important to know if you currently have, or are planning to get, a pet. Keep in mind that different apartments will also have different policies around the quantity and type of pets they allow, and just about all apartments will require you to pay some kind of security deposit and/or monthly fee.


Are you searching for 2-bedroom apartments in West Chester? At The Lakes at West Chester Village, we offer spacious apartments and convenient amenities, conveniently located halfway between Dayton and Cincinnati. Call today to schedule a tour.


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