Before you begin your search for the perfect apartment, it’s important to have some questions ready to narrow down your options and determine which is the right fit for your needs, lifestyle, and budget. When you start touring around, here are some key questions to ask when apartment hunting to ensure you end up in a place that ticks all the boxes.
What Utilities are Included in the Rent?
Landlords generally cover the cost of utilities like water and gas. However, this can vary based on different rentals. Make sure you understand what you will be responsible for paying. It’s also good to know who controls the heating. If the landlords does, you could be at their mercy when winter weather decides to arrive earlier than normal.
How Much is the Security Deposit?
Tenants are usually required to pay a deposit of first and last month’s rent. Be sure to clarify this with them and ask exactly how much you’ll need to deposit so you can plan for it.
Is Parking Provided?
If you have a vehicle, don’t forget to ask about parking. This is usually not included, but it’s still good to ask. If you found an ideal rental but there’s no parking, you’ll need to consider if it’s worth circling around the block to find a spot on the street each day.
Are Pets Allowed?
Pet policies for renting aren’t always black and white. For example, some buildings will have restrictions based on the size and weight of dogs. Inquire about this to get the specific details to see if your fur baby will be allowed.
What’s the Noise Level Like?
Noise can be a dealbreaker for many tenants. And there’s nothing worse than moving into a new place to discover you’re living next to noisy neighbours. If this is a major concern for you and you love your peace and quiet, ask them about it and what the rules are for enforcing noise restrictions.
Are There Any Amenities Included?
Ask to view any amenities that are listed in the description. Whether it’s a pool, gym, or barbeque area, you should be given a detailed tour of everything that’s included in your rental.
When is the Unit Available, and How Long is the Lease for?
Even if it’s outlined, it doesn’t hurt to confirm how soon the unit is available. This might also be a good time to inquire about the length of the lease.
Are there Laundry Machines Onsite?
Having laundry facilities onsite can make life easier when you don’t have to lug it to a laundromat. Ask if they’re provided, where they are located and when they can be used.
What Do You Need for the Application Process?
If you’ve found something that ticks off all the boxes and you’re pretty confident that you want it, don’t delay getting in there. Ask about the application process to get the ball rolling. This will show them that you’re seriously interested in the unit, and you can start to gather all of the documentation needed as soon as possible.
Can I Make Any Changes to the Apartment?
Certain properties can be very strict when it comes to making any modifications, whereas others can be lenient. If you love to decorate and add personal touches to your space, make sure you understand what is permitted and what is not. Usually, tenants are allowed to paint the walls but may be required to pay a fee or have it repainted before they move out.
Before signing a lease, be sure to have some of these questions ready. This way, you can filter out the places that will suit your needs best. Browse our selection at Rent in Ottawa to discover our latest listings in and around the city.