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There are many things you might be looking for when looking for a rental in the Washington, D.C. area you must think of the price range you can afford you need to seriously consider your budget. Conduct a bit of online research to get a sense of the typical rental rates in the neighborhood. If you’re willing to pay a high price for a certain location, then you’ll need to find other ways to cut back on expenses. Or you may need to find roommates to help cover the costs. Also, keep in mind that if an apartment’s rent is unusually low compared to other rentals in the area, then this may be a big red flag.
Don’t trust those pretty pictures you see online. Before you rent an apartment, you should arrange to see the place in-person. Keep in mind that cosmetic issues, such as broken blinds or scratches on the wall can be fixed possibly by your landlord. But deeper problems may be an indication that the apartment hasn’t been properly taken care of. As you peruse the apartment, look for health and safety issues, such as bug problems, rodents, leaky faucets, water damage, lead paint, asbestos, dirty air filters, mold, broken heat and air conditioning systems, rust, broken windows, and electrical problems.
Your landlord can make or break your renting experience especially if you had a bad landlord one with bad ethics or a lack of boundaries. Try to meet with your landlord or at the very least chat with him or her on the phone. If you’re moving into an apartment with roommates already, then make sure to ask them about their overall experience with their landlord.
When choosing a rental apartment, make sure to consider the area’s amenities. If you’re renting in an apartment building, you’ll need to make sure the amenities fit with your lifestyle. Examples include: do you need a doorman or extra security? Do you need an elevator? Does your building have a gym or is there an affordable gym located nearby? Does the apartment have a dishwasher? Is there a washing machine and dryer in your apartment building? How is the commute? Is there a laundromat nearby? Are there restaurants or shops in the neighborhood? Chances are, if you’re on a tight budget you’ll have to make a few compromises, such as walking to a laundromat or enduring a longer work commute. Whatever the compromise, make sure you can live with the situation before signing a lease.
In the neighborhood, you should be able to better assess the general age and demographics of the neighborhood by spending time in that location. You should also investigate the area’s safety record.
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