Monday, August 2, 2010

Observations for Future Apartment Shopping

Notes to self:
  • Start your search a minimum of 60-90 days prior to your move date.  Especially during the summer, availability gets limited.
  • Late summer is a busy shopping season.  But you can get around this a little by using weekdays to shop.
  • Know what you're looking for.  Tours go quickly and you need quick eyes and a checklist.

Notes for people who run apartments:
  • A professional demeanor from your rental office makes a big difference.  It should feel like a business transaction.  I got this experience most at the newest and fanciest apartments.
  • I look for three things in your workout rooms: dumbells, a pull-up bar or tower, cardio machines.  About 50% of workout rooms I toured were missing a pull-up bar.
  • Noisy AC units are not attractive.  It shouldn't be in the center of your apartment.  
    • Also shouldn't be polluting a beautifully landscaped courtyard.  Maybe this can't be helped.
  • Unless you're on top of a metro station, include at least one garage space with the rent.  Otherwise, you're just trying to make your rent look cheaper.  We are on to you.  
    • Exception to this where there is basic parking vs. premium (covered parking optional).