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Tips for Selecting an Unfurnished Apartment
The following are some tips for selecting an unfurnished apartment to rent:
Tip #1: Examine the Basics
Affordability and size – not just the number of bedrooms but also the size of the rooms – are the basic factors to consider when searching for an unfurnished apartment. You will also want to consider which, if any, utilities are included. Many unfurnished apartments still include larger appliances like refrigerators. If a washing machine and a dryer are not located in the flat or the building, find out where the nearest laundry facility is. Inspect the total number of apartments in the building, particularly how many are located near your prospective home. Remember that noise complaints can easily be filed against you, too. Make sure tasks like parking will not be a daily hassle. Finally, familiarize yourself with the apartment’s policies on things like pets and smoking.
Tip #2: Safety and Convenience
Location is very important. Most people don’t want to commute very far to work or school, and they don’t want to drive for miles to go grocery shopping or run errands. Aside from this, make sure your apartment is in a good neighborhood. Your neighborhood should be lit well at night, and there should be people around. Finally, make sure you will feel safe while inside your apartment. The safest buildings will have security features, like locking entrances and cameras.
Tip #3: Research Multiple Options
Shopping around will always give you an idea of what the best deal available is. Viewings should happen close together. This will give you the opportunity to compare apartments directly, and then – if you find a good one – you can put a deposit down on your favorite. Don’t rush into a lease, but don’t dawdle. Any good house, condo, or apartment will have multiple interested parties, and you don’t want to lose your opportunity. Consider whether the property is offered through a private owner or an agent. You may pay a bit more for a property that is rented through an agency, but an agency may manage repairs and other contractual obligations more professionally than a private owner.
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APARTMENTS-UNFURNISHED IN/NEAR PORTLAND
The main advantage of renting an unfurnished apartment is the ability to select furniture that matches your lifestyle. They also typically have less expensive leases than furnished apartments. The disadvantage is that on top of the cost of renting the property, you must consider the cost of furnishing it. Below are a few questions to ask a property management company before deciding to rent.
What will I have to supply for my apartment?
Most spaces will have a refrigerator and oven in the kitchen. Buildings sometimes have dishwashers in the units as well as common laundry space. Unfurnished apartments and condos will not include a bed, chairs, or couch. Ask about the floors in your property. The floors may be hardwood or carpet
What are the lease terms?
If you are furnishing your own apartments, find out about the rent. If it is month-to-month, you will not be required to sign on for long-term living, but may have rent hikes in the future. Extended leases will allow you to commit to a single price for at least a year.
How many units are in the building?
You will want to know how many people will be living in your complex. Houses are typically one unit while condos and apartments have more than one. The advantage of a house is that you can have your own space with no common areas, but the rent will be higher. This can be advantageous for college students seeking to have several people live in one space.
How many rooms are in my unit?
Identify how many rooms you will have. A studio usually has no separate bedroom, while a luxury apartment may have several. Kitchens and baths are standard.