Finding an apartment to live in is not a difficult task, but finding one that has everything you want and need can make things a little more challenging. While it may be necessary to make a sacrifice or two, you may also be able to solve these issues by making some changes on your own after moving in. But, not every landlord will allow you to make adjustments to the unit, so it is ideal to ask about them beforehand.
If you have cats who love to look out the windows to check out nearby wildlife, cars, pedestrians, and anything else that is entertaining to them, they may be known to push the curtains or blinds to the side. If an apartment is equipped with horizontal blinds, some of the slats may end up getting damaged. It is worth asking your landlord if you can make the switch to vertical blinds or just curtains. They may be willing to make the change on their own because they wanted to switch vertical blinds eventually. Or, they may give you permission and ask that you put the other window treatments back upon moving out.
The shower head is another important matter that you should not forget to discuss. You may have grown accustomed to having a detachable shower head that can make it so much easier to get clean. Asking each landlord that you see whether you are allowed to switch the current shower head is essential. This can make the difference between having mediocre showers and ones that are truly enjoyable. You may be fine with leaving the new shower head behind, but you should also keep the old one for the landlord.
If you do not like the idea of living in an apartment with white walls throughout the entire unit, you can fix this by painting certain rooms. For instance, you can even do something as basic as painting one wall in the living room or your bedroom as a way to spice things up without doing a lot of work. But, not every landlord will want to let you paint because of the chance that painting it back could fall into their hands. Make sure to take the time to ask your landlord about painting before you turn in an application.
Keeping these things in mind when looking to rent apartments will lead to a better outcome.Share
14 June 2017
Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.