Apartment hunting is like house hunting, buy with less finances. Generally, you need to make a budget and list of all the things you should know before you settle on one apartment. having conversations with the landlord will help you compare several apartments and make the right decisions that are best suited for your needs.

Here are important questions you need to ask the landlord before you put down your signature on any paper

How much is the rent?

This is the most obvious questions anyone should ask before renting or purchasing real estate but you would be surprised by how many people actually forget to ask this question until the last minute.  Make sure you confirm the rental price with the landlord; sometimes you find that the price posted online is not necessarily the rent for the apartment you are being shown. ask for the legal and clear terms of the lease and rent to be sure. Do not forget to ask for expectations in rental raise so you can determine your affordability period.

What is included in the rent?

Find out how much extra you will need to pay every month for utilities. This helps you compare the total amount of rental payments you will make for each location. it allows you to compare between more expensive rentals that include utilities; this way you are able to make a more informed choice. 

Learn the terms of the lease

Some landlords only agree to a monthly rental payment while others have cheaper offers where you can sign a longer lease agreement for much less. Month to month deals can be deceiving and often means the landlord wants to sell the property real soon.

This will leave you searching for an apartment sooner than you would like to.  Monthly payments also mean that the landlord can raise the rent or get rid of you with a month’s notice.  Choose a landlord that will allow you to make a longer lease at first for your convenience.

What appliances are provided with the apartments?

Some apartments come fully furnishes while for others you have to move in with your own furniture. For most modern apartments, appliances are included in the rental feel. This mean you get a fridge, stove and dishwasher among others.  If important appliances like the washer and dryer are not included, ensure there are hook ups to install your own.

What is the total amount needed to secure the apartment?

Before signing the lease, you need to understand how much money you are required to pay upfront.  Most rentals ask for the first month’s salary plus a security deposit while others ask for your first and last month’s salary.  Different states have rules regarding what the owner or landlord can charge when you sign the lease.

Additional fees

are pets allowed in the apartment or is there an extra fee imposed for that?  Some landlords charge extra security deposits for such issues so make sure you get an affordable location that does not charge for pets or one which will give you a money back guarantee on the pet deposit when you move.