Deciding where to live next can be a daunting decision to make. ROU Locating takes the stress out of apartment hunting by finding the right place that meets your needs. We are here to help you with locating your home and setting up tours. If you choose to tour a property on your own, here are some touring tips to guide you through the process!
Schedule an Appointment
Contact the leasing office to make an appointment! Many businesses are not currently accepting walk-ins so it is important to call first so they can prepare for your visit. You can find the contact information on the property’s website or by searching for the location. Call during normal business hours so you have a better chance of talking to a real employee and not their automated voicemail. During the call, confirm the rent price and availability of the apartment(s) you are interested in as well as deposit and fee information. Getting these details upfront ensures that you do not waste your time and energy touring an apartment that does not meet your criteria. (FYI – If you work with us, we take care of this step for you!)
Ask Questions During the Tour
When you visit the property, make sure to ask plenty of questions pertaining to the unit, community, policies, amenities, and more! You need to gather as much information as possible to get the most out of the tour. Below are some questions we think will help you choose your potential new home.
- How long is the lease term?
- Are there any additional fees (other than the security deposit and application fee)?
- Are there any utilities included?
- What providers are recommended or mandatory – such as cable, internet, and electricity?
- What are the pet policies and fees?
- What are the parking options and policies – such as garage, covered parking, guest parking, towing enforcement?
- Are there any discounts or move-in offers running?
- What is the mail/package procedures – such as delivery options and lockers?
- Are amenities (gym, pool, dog park, etc) open to the public or key entry for residents only? What are the hours of operation?
- Do you have a resident portal for paying rent and submitting maintenance requests?
- Are washers and dryers included or available for rent?
- Do you offer valet trash or is there a compacter available?
Inspect the Unit
Whether you are touring the model unit or the actual unit, make sure to take plenty of pictures and inspect all interior features. If you are touring the model, ask the leasing agent to show you the exact differences between the model and the apartments you are interested in. If you are touring the actual unit, point out potential damage or issues such as leaky faucets, pests, broken light fixtures, or missing items and request confirmation that these will be resolved before move-in day or signing the lease. Use the measurements from the provided floor plans to ensure that your furniture will work in the space.
Touring your apartment options is the best way to make an informed decision on where you call home next! If you need assistance with finding and touring properties, our apartment locators at ROU Locating are here to help you any way we can! Call us today at (469) 818-3112 to get started with our stress-free process!