We know that you are excited to get into your new apartment. You are stoked about the house warming party, the decorating, setting up all of your stuff, and moving into your new life. However, with all of that excitement can often come the hidden danger of signing too quickly. Check up on these important things that you must do before signing a lease to ensure that you don’t get yourself caught in anything too quickly.
- Inspect the Property
Be sure to visit the property several times and be on the lookout for issues that you see. First of all, make sure that you love the apartment, but also be sure to record any damages you notice and be sure to report them before signing.
- Go Over the Rent Agreement
Make sure that you know what is included in the rent. Are there maintenance fees? Are utilities included? Know what is what before you sign.
- See What Sort of Customization is Allowed
If you are artsy or particular about your apartment, it is good to know whether or not you are allowed to make changes to the apartment and if so, what you can do.
- Know the Terms
Before you sign, you need to know exactly what you are getting yourself into, read the terms and agreements carefully, discuss it with the landlord in a recorded conversation before signing and make sure you are ok with all terms and agreements.
- Tell Your Landlord Your Expectations
Look, its always good to let your landlord know what you expect and if you communicate properly before hand, you may save yourself tons of heartache and trouble down the line.