Choosing apartments can be a hectic endeavor but if you follow a few simple guidelines and do the research ahead of time, it will not be as daunting.
Choosing an Apartment
The first thing to do when looking for an apartment in North Carolina is to look around, or scout out the areas that you are interested in, look for rent signs. Collect apartment booklets, investigate online, and ask friends and relatives who may live in the areas that you are interested in. The next thing to do is to set your budget, see how much you have to spend and be realistic. You might love to live in a mansion but you may only be able to afford a studio apartment. Decide if you can afford a studio, 1, 2 or 3 bedroom according to your finances.
Look to see if the apartments have a washer and dryer included or at least a hook up where you can put your own appliances, or a laundry room in the facility. Check out the public transportation, or parking situations, school locations, supermarkets, post office etc. Also see if the complex has a drug store and restaurants nearby. Lastly check what type of people live in the area. See if the area is loud at night time. Call the local police precinct and ask about the crime rate in that specific area. Always check reviews online especially when choose a Charlotte North Carolina apartment to see what others have to say about being residents at your chosen location.
Research the private landlords, Google them and check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints and resolutions if any for every company. Always physically look at an apartment never just go by a picture. Go inside the apartment, open doors, turn knobs, turn on the water, and open windows. See if things are working and find out how soon the apartment will be available, and if you can leave a deposit if you like it. Check for water stains on the ceiling, floor and walls.
Narrow the search down at least three apartment, do a final walk through, don’t sign anything before reading it, read the policies and regulations, do they allow pets or visitors with pets, do they have an on site maintenance person? Etc. Take a look at Davis Commons Apartments for additional practical tips. Also find out if they allow small parties and several visitors. Once that is all done, decide on your move in date, get movers, transfer all utilities, and put in for a change of address and your good to go.