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10 Important Questions To Ask Before Renting An Apartment 
by Adeline Nicola June 17, 2005

As you search for an apartment and tour one that has caught your eye, it may be tempting to take a quick walk through the rooms, decide you like it, and go ahead and rent it. Be aware that there are some important questions you should get answers to before you make this crucial decision or sign a lease.

This list of questions can help you consider the different features of an apartment that may or may not be important to you. You will ask the landlord for answers to some of these questions. Other questions you will ask of yourself to determine your preferences and needs.

As you view an empty unfurnished apartment, picture yourself living there. Consider whether the apartment could meet your needs. Are the rooms large enough to hold the furniture you plan to bring? It is often best to view an apartment during the daylight hours instead of viewing it in the evening after dark.

Some apartments have only a few built-in ceiling lights (most likely in the bathroom and kitchen) that can be turned on to provide lighting as you view the apartment. The living room and bedrooms may have no lights available--until a tenant moves in and brings his own lamps, that is. It may be hard to adequately view these rooms if you tour the apartment in the evening after dark. You can also get a better view of the neighborhood and the outside of the apartment if you tour it during the daylight hours.



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