Sometimes referred to as a studio (one room), a one-bedroom unit, or a two- to the three-bedroom suite, apartments are the preferred residence of people who want to live a low-maintenance lifestyle.
The management of the apartment complex attends to the maintenance of the landscaping, as well as the upkeep of the facilities including electrical, plumbing, and repair and replacement of pre-installed appliances and furnishings.
Most four-star apartment complexes also provide amenities like clubhouses, pools, fitness gyms, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas, the usage of which is all-inclusive in the monthly rent.
If this residential arrangement is what you’re looking for,
follow this step-by-step guide on how to rent or lease an apartment unit:
- Explore your options. Free apartment guidebooks are available in public places like the mall, supermarkets, restaurants, and convenience stores. There are also apartment rental sites on the Internet. See what features appeal to you.
- Inspect the apartment complexes. Visit the apartment complexes that have the features you desire. Drive around each one and ask for a tour of the different units available. Inquire about the rental rates and occupancy terms and conditions. Visit several apartment communities before you decide.
- Submit an application. When you’ve narrowed down your choices to the one you really like, fill out their application form. At this time you will be required to pay an application fee. The manager will use the application form to check on your identity and credit standing.
- Sign the rental or lease agreement. Be sure to read all the fine print and ask for clarification of terms that seem vague. Note all the community restrictions on parking, pets, alterations, security, use of facilities, recycling, and trash collection.
- Pay the advance rent and security deposit. Security deposits are usually refundable subject to conditions. You may also be asked to pay additional charges for extra parking space, cable subscriptions, pool views, pets, and other special features. The advance rent is always due upon signing of the lease agreement.
- Move into your apartment. Welcome home!