Questions to Ask Before You Sign Your Lease
When looking for a new apartment, you want to consider every angle before you sign your lease. You might love the building or the location, but moving isn’t an easy task and it’s important to set yourself up for success.
At Rosetti Properties, we want to make sure you’re equipped with all of the information you need to make an educated decision about the place you call home. Here are a few common questions to ask a property manager before you sign your new lease.
1. What amenities does the apartment community have?
The price of rent is a big factor in determining which apartment is right for you, but remember that rent often includes more than just the apartment itself. Ask about the amenities that the apartment community features, such as fitness centers and on-site laundry. You might find you’re willing to pay more in rent for access to amenities you love.
2. What forms and documents are required in order to move in?
Some properties require certain documentation in order to apply for an apartment or sign a lease, such as a driver’s license or proof of employment. Be sure to ask what you’ll need to bring or send in so you’re prepared.
3. Are there any fees?
Often when you sign the lease, you’ll need to pay a security deposit up front, as well as occasionally the first month’s rent. You should also be aware of any pet fees or other hidden costs so you’ll know how much you’ll need to pay right away.
4. What is the building’s pet policy?
Many apartment complexes are pet-friendly, but some have different rules and regulations regarding the number of pets allowed, breed restrictions, and pet fees. Ask about these factors before you sign a lease to ensure the best for you furry friends.
5. Are there any guidelines for moving in or moving out?
Be sure to ask about any rules the apartment community has about move-in and move-out. Often there’s a checklist to fill out, as well as arrangements for picking up the keys or dropping them off at the end of your lease. It’s good to be prepared before you start the moving process.