Apartment Shopping Checklist

When you're shopping for your next place, don't forget this list that can save you time, money, frustration and more!

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Questions to Ask about Your First Apartment

The Area:

  • When can I move in?
  • How long is the lease?
  • Do you have any noise policies/quiet hours?
  • How safe is the area?
  • Is there a laundromat in the area?
  • Where can I park and what does it cost to park there?

Lifestyle:

  • Do you have a pet policy?
  • Do you have a guest policy?
  • Are there any restrictions on how I decorate the place?
  • What happens if something breaks down or doesn't work?
  • What kind of shelf space and storage space does the apartment have?

Financial:

  • What is the rent and is there a security deposit?
  • How long is the lease?
  • What happens if I am late on rent?
  • Do I need a co-signer?
  • What is included in the rent?
  • What is NOT included in the rent?

Amenities:

  • Does the Kitchen include a microwave and/or toaster?
  • Is there a standing shower or bathtub?
  • What kind of heat is used and how is it controlled?
  • Where are the outlets and phone jacks?
  • Are there enough mirrors?