Whether it’s your first foray into living alone or your latest attempt to find a leased apartment that feels just like home, there’s always a sense of excitement that comes with choosing a Dallas apartment to rent. However, as with any kind of decision that involves signing legally binding agreements and spending money, you need to be absolutely sure of what you’re getting yourself into before you sign that dotted line.
Here are some important questions to ask yourself before you sign that lease:
1) Can I afford it?
This is obviously the first question that will pop up in your head, and rightly so. And we’re not just talking about upfront costs here — you also need to consider if leasing that apartment is a sustainable arrangement for you for the duration of your planned stay. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem if you have a stable job, for example, so you have to consider your sources of income and calculate if you can really afford to pay the rent consistently.
2) Is the apartment located in an easily accessible area?
Not everyone can enjoy the luxury of having a car, but everyone certainly needs to get around the city. When you’re looking for an apartment to lease, make sure that you manage to figure out how long it will take you to get to your place of employment, especially if you don’t have a vehicle of your own.
3) Are all the amenities in the building/in my preferred apartment in good, working condition?
One of the worst things that can happen to you when you sign a lease without thoroughly checking your apartment is to suddenly realize that you’d have to spend a fortune on repairs and restoration.Make sure to inspect everything, and we mean EVERYTHING, inside your soon-to-be-leased apartment. Check if the water’s working, if there are holes in the wall or ceiling, if all the electrical sockets are working, if any windows are broken, and so on. Don’t be afraid to be thorough — after all, you ARE signing up for something long-term, and once you affix your signature on your contract, that apartment becomes your responsibility.
4) Do I completely understand the rules and regulations of this place?
As negative as it may sound, always consider the worst-case scenario. What if an emergency happens, and you need to call for professional assistance? Is someone there available who can help you out, or are you basically on your own when things go awry? Make sure that there are handymen or repairmen whom you can call in case something suddenly breaks in your apartment. It also falls upon your shoulders to familiarize yourself with the ups, downs, ins, and outs of your lease contract. If there’s anything there that you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask!
5) Is the general atmosphere happy and positive?
You may think that this is not so important, but you would be terribly mistaken. You wouldn’t want to live in a place with no decent lighting — imagine waking up each day and not catching any sunshine! — or one that’s full of noisy neighbors. It doesn’t hurt to consider if your satisfaction in finding an apartment to lease will translate into happiness when you’re actually living in it.
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