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The last thing you need is more stress, right? But let’s face it: apartment hunting can be stressful. To simplify things, use this apartment hunting checklist to remember everything to ask about a property during the research and viewing process.

Write down all details about each property clearly to avoid confusion later when you’re comparing units, and snap pictures of each apartment for future reference. When taking pictures, distinguish groups of images by snapping a photo of a property name sign before starting the tour. Then you won’t get units mixed up when reviewing.

Here’s an apartment hunting checklist to get you started:

Downloadable Checklist

Learn About Your Lease

  • How much is the rent?
  • How much is the security deposit?
  • Are there any additional upfront payments?
  • Is the lease for a year, six-months, or a month-to-month arrangement?
  • Are there any additional fees upon moving out?
  • What were typical rent increases over the last one to three years?
  • What is the tenant turnover rate?
  • What are acceptable conditions for breaking the lease?
  • What are the late rent, returned check, and other penalty fees?
  • Will your apartment lease require rental insurance?

Unit & Property Considerations

  • Will the property manager clean and repaint the unit before your move-in?
  • What appliances are included in the apartment?
    • Refrigerator
    • Oven/stove
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Garbage disposal
    • In-unit washer and dryer
    • Laundry facility on property
  • What time are the property’s quiet hours?
  • To whom do you direct complaints, and is that person on-site?

Utilities & Maintenance Info

  • What utility fees are you responsible for as a tenant?
    • Electricity?
    • Water?
    • Heat?
    • Trash?
  • In what condition is the building’s wiring, water heater, and air conditioning? Is each system efficient?
  • Who is responsible for changing the filters in the air-conditioning unit? Tenant or landlord?
  • How does the property manager handle maintenance requests, and what is the typical response time?
  • What notice must a landlord give before entering a unit? Are there exceptions?
  • What internet providers are in the area? Would installation require the presence or assistance of the landlord or maintenance person?

Personal Preferences

  • Is there a gym or fitness center on-site?
  • What is the pet policy?
  • What is the area’s crime rate?
  • Do units have hardwood floors?
  • Do units include a garage?
  • What additional amenities are on-site?

There are many questions you should ask while apartment hunting, especially if you’re a first-time renter. Download our helpful apartment hunting checklist to help you get (and stay!) organized as you search for the perfect pad.