Living in your own apartment is liberating and exciting, you finally have your own space. However, take note that if you rent an apartment, there are responsibilities you have to face. Listed below are common mistakes every renter must avoid.
Failing to thoroughly read the lease
Don’t breeze through the lease and sign it. Carefully read all the details and if you find something strange, clarify it with the landlord. Make sure that you understand all the lease details before you legally bind yourself.
Forgetting to visit the apartment before moving in
When you go apartment hunting, do not solely rely on photos. Set up an appointment with the landlord and inspect the apartment yourself. It helps to bring a checklist of what you need and want in an apartment.
Underestimating moving costs
Aside from saving up for the deposit and rent, do not forget that moving your things require money. Even if you do not hire a moving company you still need to spend money on moving supplies like boxes, packaging tape and bubble wrap.
Failing to discuss budgeting with roommates
Prior to moving in, discuss budgeting with roommates to avoid conflict. Discuss how much each person is going to pay and remember to stick to the budget.
Falling for scams
Verify who the owner of the apartment is before you sign and hand over the money. Denver property management says a lot of first time renters were scammed out of their money by scam artists or by other renters. If you feel that something is not right, don’t ignore your instinct and investigate.