02 August 2017 Posted By : Administrator

New Apartment Searches: What Everyone Forgets

Looking for apartments in Toronto is equally as exciting as it is stressful. The possibilities are endless—extra bedrooms and walk-in closets and indoor parking, oh my!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the excitement and fall head over heels for an apartment after you’ve toured the place, but did you tour it the way you should?

You took a good look at the bedrooms and checked the kitchen for a dishwasher, but there’s probably plenty you didn’t do. And it’s the kind of stuff that can really make or break your quality of life once you move in.

Here are a few important considerations everyone forgets about, but they are extremely important if you want to make sure your new apartment isn’t a dud.

Inspect the Cabinets

There’s a lot to look at when touring an apartment. It’s always a good idea to take a close look at the carpet, trim, and closet doors, but don’t forget about the kitchen cabinets.It’s not enough to simply open and shut the doors to see what’s inside. You really have to get in there. Kitchen cabinets are notorious for developing a pest problem, and the last thing you want to do after you move in is discover that your dishes are overrun with bugs.

Consider the Local Community

Everyone focuses closely on the apartment itself. It makes sense because you’ll be spending a lot of time there. But, the community can also have a huge impact on your overall comfort level in your new home.First, explore the area outside the building. Is there a park, farmer’s market, or a community center nearby? If you have children, you’ll want to research the schools that are in the area.We’ve all heard about bad neighbours. They can make living in your apartment downright miserable, so don’t be afraid to knock on a few doors and introduce yourself. They may also be able to tell you more about the property management company before you move in.

Turn Everything on and Off

Just because there’s a switch on the wall doesn’t mean it works. And yet, so many people step into an apartment and don’t turn everything on and off! Avoid moving in and calling maintenance immediately by testing:

  • Light switches
  • The garbage disposal
  • Electrical outlets
  • Faucets
  • The shower

While you’re at it, mess around with the thermostat, test the smoke detectors, and open the windows. If everything isn’t in working order, you can notify the landlord before you move in. Or you can decide that the apartment isn’t worth all the trouble.When searching for a new place you can call home, it really is all about the details. Don’t be afraid that you’re going to offend the landlord by taking extra time touring an apartment. You can avoid so many problems by following these tips, ensuring you can live comfortably in your new space for months, or even years, to come.

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