If you are apartment hunting in Blacksburg, VA, here are some things to look for.
It’s a good idea to check out your windows when you’re touring a place. Blinds and curtains can be difficult to measure, buy and install. Check out the quality of the window area, too. Is it drafty? Are there water stains? Is any glass broken or are any screens ripped?
Is a garage extra?
Garages are often available at apartment complexes for an extra fee, and a covered, open-air garage is cheaper than an enclosed one. This is a good thing to look into if you need extra storage or ... if you want to park your car inside.
Information on parking
Some apartment complexes have a restriction on the number of parking slots you can use, often limiting tenants to one or two. This can be a problem if there are more people than that occupying the apartment or if you want to have guests over. Apartment parking spots can sometimes be slender. Make sure your vehicle can rest comfortably between the lines. Also, off-street parking is sometimes necessary.
In-unit/washers and driers are often a “make or break” aspect for renters. No one wants to spend their time and money doing laundry at a laundromat or in an on-site laundry area. Beware the extra coin you’re going to have to spend.
This is something that’s very easily overlooked. Think about how you want to set up your place and think about the measurements of your furniture. It would be crappy to have to run a bunch of cable extensions to get to your television.
Keep outlets in mind
Outlet placing directly affects where you can place all your stuff in your bedroom, kitchen and living room. Ensure you have plenty of outlets in the location(s) you want them. Make sure both outlets and hanging fixtures like ceiling fans and lighting, are safe. Loose outlets and wobbly fans are a hazard.
Not necessary, but nice to have
Check the place you’re touring for other things that are nice to have, including a dishwasher, ice maker, garbage disposal, ceiling fans, central air, etc. Also, does your place have a bar where you can place some stools or do you have to go buy a table?
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