Are you looking to rent your first off-campus apartment in Blacksburg, VA? If so, there are ways to protect yourself from a bad situation. Be sure you are renting from a reputable management company and think about the following.
Be sure to do your research. Renting is a long-term commitment, both because of the legal agreement you sign and also because of the time and expense in finding a place to live. The last thing you want is to find yourself in a nightmare situation that could have been avoided. You need to look into three things.
Make sure that the area and the apartment is somewhere that you want to live. Visit the apartment community several times on different days and times to look at parking, noise and crime. What looks to be a great community at 11 a.m. on a Wednesday may have lots of noise and no parking on Saturday afternoons.
Then you need to look into the condition of the property, checking to see that it is well-maintained, clean and cared for. Find out if the landlord provides regular pest control and how broken appliances and other issues are handled. The apartment will be in its best condition when the landlord is trying to rent it, and if things are not right then, they likely will be even worse later.
Finally, check into the landlord or management company. With so much information freely available on the Internet, it's easy to find out information about the company that owns the apartment community. Check court records to make sure the house is not in foreclosure or behind on its homeowner's association payments. Also, see if your landlord has evicted people in the past and ask why it happened to get a sense of his or her attitude toward tenants.
For more information on renting an apartment in Blacksburg, VA, contact Foxridge Apartment Homes.