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Moving can be overwhelming. Whether you’re relocating across the country or across town, there’s a lot to do — and pack — before you leave. It’s easy to become preoccupied with finding boxes and changing your address, but you should do an apartment inspection to make sure you’re choosing the right rental to call home.

  1. Explore the Space
    You’re probably not going to show up empty handed to your new apartment. When doing your apartment inspection, take stock of the space that’s available. Be realistic about what you need. If you’re downsizing, bring a tape measure to ensure your essential furniture will fit.
  2. Take in the View
    In addition to looking at the surrounding neighborhood with a birds’ eye view, a rental’s windows can also give a peek into what future utility bills will look like. During your apartment inspection, make sure they’re not painted shut or drafty. They should be in good repair, otherwise you’ll risk high heating and cooling costs.
  3. Can You Hear Me Now?
    Most people don’t own a landline today, so it’s important to make sure your new rental is compatible with your existing cellphone carrier. During your apartment inspection, check your phone for service in every room, so you’re not relegated to making calls perched on your bathroom windowsill.
  4. Go for a Drive
    If time allows, take your apartment inspection outside and visit your rental a few times before committing. Visiting your neighborhood at night can help you decide if it feels safe. Driving from the rental to where you’ll be working — especially in rush hour — allows you to evaluate the commute.

Keep these tips in mind when you’re on the hunt for a rental, and you can avoid any surprises once you sign the lease.

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