What to look for when apartment hunting

What to look for when apartment huntingApartment hunting is a very popular activity among the contemporary “nomads”. If just the thought of apartment hunting sends shivers down your spine, read on for some invaluable advice on what to look for when apartment hunting as a renter:         Choosing the right timing If you are flexible regarding the time to move, you should probably find it helpful to know that there is an off-season when it comes to renting. Spring and summer are usually considered high-season (meaning more renting options and more competition), but fall and winter offer better choices for renters on a budget. Dealing with bad neighbors/roommates Noisy neighbors or difficult roommates can turn your moving (and renting) experience into a real nightmare. Be on the look for signs of bad neighbors/roommates and consider the property carefully in terms of the other people you’ll have to deal with while renting your apartment. Be sure to discuss with your future roommate and set some ground rules before signing a contract. As far as you neighbors are concerned, know your rights and don’t be shy to contact management if the case gets out of your control. Checking your cell phone reception and Wi-Fi signal It must seem like a minor problem, but lack of cell phone reception or poor Wi-Fi signal is actually a quite a big deal (especially if you’ll have to go outside any time you want to make a call or check your Facebook). When apartment hunting, take a walk with your phone out and spot any areas with bad reception or poor Wi-Fi. Test drive “Test-driving” the apartment you want to rent is a great way to see if this is actually the best fit for you. Ask the owner if you can spend one or two nights in the apartment to get the feel of it, test the shower, the kitchen appliances, the coffee maker if you wish! This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of what your experience will be long-term. A few days spent in the apartment you are about to rent will give you insight into the feel of living in the building (be on the look for neighbors who like to party, crying babies, barking dogs, etc). Is there enough space for my furniture? Apartment hunting is not just about finding a good fit for you. It’s also about finding a good for your furniture. Have a tape-measure with you and a piece of paper with your furniture’s sizes on it. It is a bit time-consuming to think about the apartment in terms of the furniture it should fit, measure, and take notes, but it will eventually pay off. It’s never a good feeling to find out that your dining table doesn’t fit in the dining room and you’ve already signed the papers! Don’t count on your eyes only! Apartment hunting (just like real hunting) is a game that requires all your senses. Relying on your eyes is obligatory to spot anything that looks problematic, but don’t forget to use your other senses as well. Use your olfactory sense to smell unpleasant things like smoke, mould, etc. Depend on your ears when it comes to strange noises – perhaps the landlord has “forgotten” to tell you that there is a violin player living next door, who practices for 8 hours a day…