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What are you supposed to look for when looking for an apartment?

My boyfriend is looking for an apartment so he can be closer to his family and its a place for me to stay while he's gone so I can move out and be closer to my school. So since he's always on the road working he wants me to look for some places online but I have NO clue what to look for... Just something for the two of us at times, any help please?

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Write things down as you go. handy-dandy notebook.
Budget first: there will be deposits, fees, moving costs and the monthly rent and utilities. Next: location, besides going to and from work/school, you "both" will want "you" to feel safe. You can contact the local police for information about any crime issues in the neighborhood. plan your needs: size, location...etc Start looking: ask about application requirements, note all deposits and fees. Get a voided lease form, read and understand everyone's obligations. Get apartment address and check with utility company for high and low bills and their deposits and fees. Never, pay any deposits/fees or rents in cash and always get a receipt. Contact utility companies to pay deposits and schedule turn on dates: Reserve a moving truck. ASK to do inspection and sign lease paperwork the day before you actually move in. DO THE MOVE-IN INSPECTION. Document (in writing and pictures) any permanent damages and require that any issues, cleaning or repairs be done. You both will sign the form and each keep a copy. Pay any rent, get receipts, copies of all documents and keys. Be a good moving host, drinks, food, toilet paper....etc.

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Ah good thinking! I'll have him handle all that. He has more experience in this then I do. Thank you!.
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seed - excellent point here - renters MUST take before & after pictures of the apartment, everything, when moving in & then the day they move out. If someone gets into the place after you leave, & trashes it, you can be charged for property destruction. Dated photos, always!
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Yes i never thought about things like that. :/
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If there's enough room. If it's in good repair. If it's in the neighborhood/area you prefer. If you can afford it. Always ask if the utilities (electricity, heat, trash removal, water) is includes in the rent or is it extra.

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Thanks!

Where do I find that stuff?? I mean I'm looking and it says nothing about that. At least not that I can find.
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You have to go and actually look at the apartment. Taking the word of a real estate ad can be bad news, and usually is. Pick out the ads for the neighborhoods you want and go look. It's a pain, but you have to go look.
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He was looking last night and was finding those "details" online.. I'll just ask him I guess and he'll help me. Thanks anyway.
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Things that appeal to you the most where you feel you can live there for a long time don't live somewhere you don't save up and live in a happy dream place you love :)

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Thank you!
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Your very much welcome : )
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The appt. we used to live in had a terrible landlord and maintenance man. The landlord was a jerk and he was so cheap. We moved into an appt. that had stained carpets stained walls, and only two burners worked on the stove. The were spose to be replaced, but not till we decided to move out, did they decide to fix it up. we didnt get our deposit back, cause of me though. animals were not allowed and i just had to sneak in the cutest little kitten...she scratched up the walls tryn to get in the windows and then people saw and told. humph! anyways try to see if the landlord will keep up his side of the deal.

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Ok.. Thank you.
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location location location. ask about pets, if you don't have one you might soon.

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Yes I have a dog and thats our main key. Is a place for her thats friendly and she can have a place to run. Like a park or somewhere close to my parents to run in there yard.
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CHECK THE PLUMBING...sorry it's all caps...FLUSH EVERY TOILET...RUN ALL FAUCETS...make sure fridge keeps cold, heat works, oven works...my blessings to you both

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Lol thank you VERY much!
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If your on your own alot of the time make sure your property has good security and is in a safe neighborhood. Also make sure there is no damp and the gas and electrics is up to scratch. Most importantly find somewhere you think you will be happy and will feel at home.
http://www.precisionlocksmiths.uk.com will show some security features you should look for.

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I will be actually he's working alot. I appreciate that, thank you! :)
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The lease - carefully. Read & understand all rules & costs & be prepared to follow them or risk eviction. Also confirm in writing who provides & pays for the heat, water & electricity, & when. (Some complexes/landlords control &/or shut off the heat April 1st.) Test all the toilets, showers & faucets. Drains, too. Run the water a few minutes. The apartment s/b well maintained, have good light & clean/new carpet & paint. Also look under kitchen & bath cabinets, & along baseboards, for signs of rodent waste & holes (rats) & bugs/roaches. Check around the outside of the building & pay attention to your neighbor's cleanliness & clutter. Their messes become your problem, too. Last, know who has access to your apartment, when & why. What is their policy re giving you notice before entering your home to make repairs or manage pest control? (It may not hurt to run a general background check if you're leasing from a private landlord. You don't want to be locked into a lease w/ someone questionable. At the very least, check the complex's crime stats thru the local police. Rape, assaults, burglaries, drug arrests, etc.)

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Thank you so much!
This seriously helps a lot!!
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You're welcome! When I first moved out on my own, young, I made a few mistakes - hence my answer. Finding a decent place to live is a learning experience. For everybody. From freezing cold rooms, w/ rats, (!) & neighbor's bugs; creepy landlords & scary maintenence men. You might want to print out all of these comments & write a checklist before signing a lease. No apartment will be perfect, but try to meet your most important Top 5-10 priorities. If it means paying a little more rent money, trust me, its worth it. :0)
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I will and I'll show him all this.
Fingers crossed X :)
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Yes be sure to ask was included and what you are responsible for concerning utilities (don't forget about garbage removal). Also, ask about deposit. Ask whether or not they will do a credit check, and if there is an application fee (you don't want to be getting 5 credit checks without knowing it - it will bring down your score). If either or both of you have cars, ask about the parking situation. The most important things you have to go there to see

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Thank you!!
Didn't even think about the parking.
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