What is one of the most important and expensive experiences that any of us ever go through in our lives? It is when we move. Whether seeking an apartment, townhouse, condominium or stand-alone home, amenities matter. Here are four things to ask about while you are house hunting.
Question Number One: Ask About Amenities and Features
We live in the age of Wi-Fi. Even renters consider the technical set-up of their apartments and townhouses. For the Internet, good reception and mobile connectivity are also very important considerations when considering townhouse rental, especially for executive apartments.
Among the other top popular features mentioned by 60% of property managers as being requested by their clients was a pool and a 24-hour fitness center. This was actually cited in a recent Apartment Guide survey.
Also, are you looking for walking trails? Basketball courts? A hot tub? A gazebo grilling area with fire pit? Make sure to mention the amenities that are important to you so your realtor can make the best recommendation for you.
Question Number Two: Ask About Upkeep and Repairs
This is a major factor in selecting any residence. Every home needs repairs and upkeep. These hidden costs have to be taken into account when fixing a budget. In an apartment, rent is paid on a regularly scheduled basis and repairs and upkeep are the responsibility of the owner. Condominiums, and possibly executive apartments, may charge the owners/occupants a monthly fee. This maintenance fee takes care of the upkeep and repair of common areas, such as roofs, hallways, yards etc. This saves many headaches and is wonderfully convenient for a wide variety of individuals. It is especially convenient for executive apartments or owners of a luxury condo who are not occupying the residence full-time, but rather, may be renting it out or lending it to various guests and visitors.
Question Number Three: Ask About Pricing
Residential homes and condominiums are available in different sizes and styles. The selection is practically unlimited. Renters have many options, and in a survey 50% of the folks who responded were renters. Their perspective on finances was interesting. They said that it was less stressful to rent and that renting helped them stay in their budget. Renting or owning all depends on one’s requirements and one’s budget. Finances are a key factor in townhouse rentals because often there is a maintenance fee. If you are looking at executive apartments, be sure you are not paying for things you do not need. Weigh the available benefits of the unit in comparison to the pricing. And of course, especially with executive apartments, check into the possibility that the unit could possibly be sublet. This is preferable to paying rent for it while it sits unoccupied for a long period of time.
Question Number Four: Ask About Security and Safety
Walkable neighborhoods are preferred by many residents, both homeowners and renters. When you are looking at homes or condos for sale, or if you are executive apartments for rent, it may be a good idea to consider a gated condominium community. Likewise, when considering renting or owning a home, it is imperative to select a secure location. Also, be sure the home has an up-to-date security system installed before you occupy the property. Ask about what amenities are included, particularly those related to security.
At one point or another, most of us face the prospect of moving. To some, it is an exciting adventure. And to others, there may be some doubts before the move is finally made. No matter what situation you are in, asking these four key questions will quickly help you to choose a new home or apartment that is just right for you.