5 Tips To Remember When Finding the Perfect Apartment Community for You
Moving into an apartment is a big deal. Whether it is your first apartment or your tenth, the nerves are equivalent. You will have so many questions, such as, “Will this place be big enough?” “Will the community be nice?” “Will on site team be helpful?” There are a lot of thoughts that will be racing through your brain, but before moving into a place, there are things that you can do to help calm some of that anxiety you may be feeling.
1. Check out their website
How a website is designed can say a lot about a place. Is it updated? Does it have everything you need to know such as features, floor plans, and photos? Take as much time as you need and look at every aspect of the website. This could give you the first feel of whether or not this is the right place for you.
2. Join their social network!
Are they active on social media? Check out some of their posts, see if their tone is friendly and welcoming, and while you are there, engage with the other residents. Get to know the community you may choose to call home!
3. Familiarize yourself with reviews
Reviews are some of the most honest opinions you can get on an apartment community. Keep in mind, however, that reviews are often where people turn to when something goes wrong and are full of people complaining rather than praising. For every bad review, there is often someone who is enjoying the community. Learn from reviews so you know what questions to discuss with the onsite team, but reviews should not make or break your decision.
4. Reach out to the Leasing Office with specific questions
There is no such thing as too many questions. The Property Manager and the team there want you to become a resident at their community, and they know how to answer anything that may be of concern to you. Before calling, write down a list of questions you have, and do not hesitate to ask them–no matter how many there are.
5. Do your research
Research is your best friend. The more you know about the lifestyle at that community, the better equipped you are to decide if it’s a fit for you. Research what there is to do around the area. Look up anything and everything that has to do with your potential new home.
6. Take a tour to get the feel!
If you like what you see, take a tour! That is the most important step to take before renting your new home. In person, you’ll have the chance to imagine your furniture set up in the rooms, learn more about everyday life at the community, and ask all those questions you may not have even thought of yet (like what are the pool hours?).
Take your time, ask questions, do research, and good luck in your apartment-hunting journey!