Welcome back to "Apartment Hunting Basics For Students Part 2". If you have not had a chance to read the first part, check it here and see what you missed! now let's move on and see what else we have in store for you.
Transit and Transportation
Try to find an apartment that is within walking distance of campus and close to public transportation, if necessary. If you have a car, make sure you know where you can park it before you arrive.
Comfort and safety
Choose an apartment that is safe, comfortable, and located in a quiet area. You should also ensure that security measures, like locks or an alarm system, are in place.
Inspect the apartment carefully
Before signing any lease, thoroughly look over the apartment. Make sure that all included appliances and plumbing fixtures are clean and in working order. Check for leakages or damages in the areas surrounding sinks and toilets. If you can, talk to current or former residents of the apartment complex regarding maintenance and other services.
Before you sign
Read the lease agreement carefully before signing. Of course, you can always ask your parents or someone with experience for help understanding the lease. Don’t forget to ask the landlord about the policy for repairs and to get this in writing. Once all the details are settled, you can sign the lease. Once all of the papers are signed and your belongings are moved in, you can enjoy the freedom and responsibilities that independent apartment living bring.
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