Summer is apartment-hunting season for many. If you are aiming to enter a new home at the end of the summer, don’t delay − now is the time to look around and lock down your new location. Competition for apartments in South Boston can be heavy in the summer months. Therefore, the sooner you start checking out available places, the more options you are likely to have, and the greater probability that you’ll find something that’s just right for you, your lifestyle and your budget.
Before signing a lease and moving into a new home, take the time to find the best match possible between what you need and want in an apartment, and what’s available. Below are some hints to help guide you in the selection and preparation of your flat:
- Landlords usually paint the walls between tenants. If you have specific or quirky color tastes, check to see if they’ll allow you to supply your own paint.
- If the appliances are very old, and not energy efficient, ask if they can be replaced.
- Read the lease – every detail – to be sure that you understand penalties or restrictions related to early lease termination and subletting.
- Note locations of all the smoke alarms.
- Ask if pets are allowed. How about fish tanks?
- Be clear about parking costs, if any. Is parking assigned?
- Locate the closest public transportation stops.
- Hang out in the space a bit to listen for noise. How much comes through the walls? Are there noises from the neighbors?
- Find out whether someone is reachable 24/7 for emergency maintenance issues.
- Take a look at the laundry facilities, if the building has some. How many machines are shared by how many apartments? If there are no facilities on site, where is the closest laundromat?
- Have the landlord show you a storage unit. Is there an additional cost for storage unit rental?
- Ask about restrictions regarding putting nails in the walls.
- Try to find out about your potential neighbors. Are they families with young children? College students? Retirees?
- Familiarize yourself with the building’s security features (locks, alarms, security cameras, etc.).
- Be practical: Can your couch and your giant box spring fit through the door?
For additional guidance, you can reference the Boston Rental Housing Center online.
Also, if you haven’t already enlisted the help of a real estate agent in your search for your new South Boston apartment, consider doing so immediately. A qualified real estate agent knows the area inside-and-out, and can help paint a realistic picture of not only what’s available now but also what may become available at your price range in the locations you desire. Remember, it’s important to work with a realtor fully knowledgeable about the South Boston market.
The bottom line is, if you are looking to find a new apartment in South Boston this summer, time is of the essence. Remember to ask the right questions and leverage available resources to help you secure an apartment that will make you very, very happy!
Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team.