Tips to spotting a stay-worthy apartment

A stay-worthy apartment

Real estate industry has grown far and wide in various parts of the world today and one property type that has grown at a vicious rate is apartment because of lower entry price, family-friendly amenities and of course tiered security.

The fact is that the real estate business is growing. In the past, you would just see a few establishments around, but they are mushrooming now. Although finding properties now has never been easier with the penetration of technology and internet, one still need to keep an keen eye on details for spotting a stay-worthy apartment regardless of the location. Whether it’s an Penang apartment, Kuala Lumpur apartment or Johor apartment, they should be treated with the same keen eye.

1. No Maintenance Properties.

It’s by design you don't have to worry too much about maintenance costs for apartment staying since the management is responsible for all the major maintenance work in the building. It is only your responsibility to change the light bulbs, but any other extensive repair would remain in the care of the building’s management team. No doubt you will have to contribute to the monthly fees but if you spot an apartment that offers great discount on maintenance fees with reasonable coverage of the maintenance, you are probably looking at at good deal.

2. Worthwhile Amenities. 

The amenities offered at an apartment should be for you to use without any additional cost. Of course, as a responsible tenant, you should have the fair share of care towards those amenities. Check out if the apartment offers outstanding amenities like day care if you are starting a family; infinity pool for your instagram; sky deck for an awesome view and of course a fully functional gym for a healthy body. If the apartment offers all these without adding some clause that needs you to pay for maintenance, then it should be good to go.

3. Choose the right neighbourhood 

Sometimes the neighbourhood is more important than the apartment itself. A good apartment in a dangerous part of the city is a no-no. But a modest apartment that is located in a crime-free neighbourhood, that's the perfect place to set up your home.

4. Prepare a checklist. 

Write down all the requirements that you will be looking for in an apartment. Specify all the appliances that you need. Carry the checklist with you when you do an ocular inspection of the place. You can include the following items in your checklist.

*. Are all appliances in good working condition? Check on the freezer, burner and oven.
*. Is the water system in good condition? Check on the drains and see if there are indications of clogging.
*. What is the condition of bath tub and sinks? Are they broken or cracked?
*. Are there enough electrical outlets in the rooms?
*. Is insulation acceptable?
*. Does the rent include heating? Who will pay for the heating? Is there a thermostat, radiator duct in the rooms?
*. Are ventilation and lighting acceptable?
*. Is there a fire exit?
*. Are there indications of rust build up in pipes?
*. Are the toilet systems working well?

The list can go on and on and perhaps this handy checklistfrom Lifehacker can ease your pain.

There may be some other concerns that are particular to your requirements. You can always include them in your list. The point is that you are guided with what you will look for to make sure that no single important requirement is not checked. When you do this, you will ensure that you will get a good apartment that will not cause you problems in the future.

5. Ensure that you hire the services of an apartment rental company. 

Hiring an apartment rental company will make the entire process much easier for you, for a fee. Here are some tips to make sure you are talking to a reputable one:

* Does the company have a phone and fax number? If the company is operating a website, these contact information should be visible on the homepage.
*Try asking them questions through email. How quickly do their customer service team respond? Do they provide clear answers to your questions?
* Call them and have someone talk to you, asking for advice. Are you both speaking on the same level? Does the other person on the line understand your wants and needs?
* Can they provide proof of testimonies from previous clients? Ask them these.

Hunting for an apartment can be a long and difficult process, especially if it's your first time and you have no idea what you are doing. My recommendation is for you to follow these tips so you have at least some idea of what to do during the inspection.


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