Your Apartment Hunting Checklist

Apartment Hunting Checklist

Bring this checklist with you the next time you’re apartment hunting!

Finding the right apartment can be a long process.  

Chances are, you’re not going to find exactly what you want right away.  If you’ve found one you really like and you’re ready to tour, we’ve compiled a short list of things you may want to keep in mind.

What are the Terms of the Lease?

Make sure you’re getting a lease for the amount of time you’d like to be in that place.  Look out for two-year leases, these can mean that the landlord has had issues with people leaving too soon.  

If you plan to move out as soon as your lease ends, be sure to remind yourself far enough in advance to cancel. Leases will renew automatically and you don’t want to be locked into another year.  And, you’ll want to make sure you give yourself ample time to find a new place.

Look Inside the Cabinets

Of course you’ll want to be sure all of your things will fit into the cabinets, but looking in cabinets is also an easy way to check for pests. If you see what looks like little flecks of black pepper or tiny pellets, you may want to move on to another option.  Also, be sure to open cabinets under the sinks and check the floor for signs of water damage.  

Talk to the Neighbors Before Signing

No one can tell you what it’s like to live somewhere better than someone who already lives there. If you’re talking to the landlord or leasing manager, explain to them that you have a big decision to make and you’ll get back to them.  Make sure you’re the epitome of nice.

Be Sure Everything is in Working Order

You can save yourself a lot of headaches by testing things out. To test outlets, you can easily purchase a small nightlight at the dollar store to test all the plugs. If you feel foolish walking around plugging it in everywhere, just think about how nice it is to have outlets that work consistently.

To test the water flow, turn on the faucets. Make sure there’s a decent amount of pressure.  This is especially important in the shower.  If the pressure is not what it should be, it WILL require extensive repairs and you may want to move on to another option.  

Photograph Even the Smallest Little Problems

So you’ve finally settled on an apartment!  You’ve signed the lease and gotten the keys and you’re ready to start moving in! The nit picking at every little thing is over, right?  Not so fast.  Grab your camera.  Walk around your apartment and thoroughly inspect every inch of it. A tiny scratch here, a little stain there, look for EVERY little thing that might possibly be considered a flaw and photograph it.  Having this documentation is like an insurance policy that can save you a lot of headaches and possibly your security deposit as well!

Apartment Hunting at Harborside Village Apartments

Harborside Village Apartments are beautiful waterfront luxury apartments located on the picturesque Gunpowder Cove! To learn more about Harborside Village, please give us a call at 410-679-1130 or send us an email at You can also request a brochure to learn more about life at Harborside Village on our website!


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