Questions to Ask Before You Sign a Lease

Thinking of moving in? Be ready to ask these questions before you sign on that dotted line.

What’s included?
One thing to make clear up immediately is what all is included in your monthly rent. Are utilities included your apartment bundle? Electricity? Wifi? Trash Pick-up? These are all necessities that, if not included in the base rent price, can add up quickly.

How long is my lease?
Life can bring you all over the place, and often, you aren’t sure how long you’ll be staying. For this reason, it is vital that you consider the possibilities before moving in and choose a lease plan that is best for you. A lease is often for a year, but some places offer 6 month leases or even monthly, depending on location. Finally, find out what the penalty is for breaking a lease, in case your job or otherwise require  you to relocate. 

What changes can I make?
If you feel the need to personalize your apartment space, you should check to see what you are allowed to do. Apartment walls a bit dreary? Ask if you are able to paint them to spruce it up. Being able to invest in your living space can increase your quality of life completely. 

How is maintenance completed?
In the event of an emergency, you will want to know to the terms of maintenance. Is maintenance a 24/7 service? Have immediate will you be able to contact them? How do you contact them? If your pipes burst or toilet overflows in the middle of the night, it’s nice to know if your landlord has the means to fix the issue at all times. If not, you may want to keep searching.

How much notice will you give before entering into my apartment?
If check-ins of your apartment are a possibility – you should be aware of when they will happen – and how far in advance they plan on giving you a heads up. You don’t want to get caught lounging in your towel when your landlord or routine maintenance shows up, and your landlord should show proper etiquette.

Can I have guests?
While some landlords allow visitors for any period of time, some refuse even overnight guests. Knowing the answer to this could be a tipping point if you are a social butterfly or have a significant other. Either way, it is important that your check with your landlord before anyone plans a long stay with you in your apartment. 

These are just a few questions to start you off in negotiating your lease and finding the apartment that is perfect for you. Of course, there are many questions specific to your needs that you must have laid out before going to check out the complex. 

If you are planning a move in, make sure your belongings are secure with renters insurance. In fact, many apartments require renters insurance – in this case TVC Insurance can help.

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