Apartment Reviews: Choosing the Right Apartment

by : Zack Fair

When you are looking for a new apartment it is best to keep in mind that there are places where you can read reviews from both past and current tenants. These reviews can be a lifesaver and possibly the determining factor when it comes to choosing an apartment. You have to keep in mind though, that the reviews are from tenants themselves, and are based on their opinions, rather than being an unbiased view on living in the apartment.

Reading the reviews of past tenants you can glean information about what the whole experience was like living in an apartment that you are interested in. You can get insight on the moving in experience, the time spent living in the apartment and information on the moving out experience. The moving in experience can describe views ranging anywhere from how courteous the landlord is in helping with the move to possibly describing the route in which they moved, either by doing it themselves or by hiring a moving company. The views describing the experience of living in the apartment as a whole can provide needed insight on items such as how well the maintenance was taken care of and how lenient the landlord is in wanting the rent. Some landlords require the rent be paid by a certain time each month with no exceptions whereas others may be a little lenient if they know that you are having difficulties one month. The reviews that are based on the moving out experience can provide you with insight about how the landlord treated you overall during your time in the apartment as well as the overall feeling that the person who lived there had about the apartment and living there as a whole.

You can get more information from the reviews from past tenants, but that does not mean that you need to neglect the reviews that current tenants are leaving. Current tenants can provide you more up-to-date opinions; because it is entirely possible that the apartment is run by different management now than it was when former tenants were living there. And new management can provide a whole new and different outlook on life in an apartment. The reviews that are placed by current tenants can also give you a little information on the type of tenants that are living in the apartment now as well.

If you have fallen head over heels with an apartment, and it seems too good to be true, the reviews that are placed by both the former and current tenants can help you to decide if the apartment is indeed what you want. Just because an apartment is perfect on the outside and provides all of the amenities that you are looking for, does not mean that the staff are perfect as well. The reviews will help you to get inside information and can be a real asset when you make the final decision to signing the lease for the apartment or continuing your search.

When you want to get the real scoop on an apartment, the best thing to do is read the reviews that have been posted about the apartment by both past and current tenants. These reviews are personal opinions, and you have to remember that, but they can provide you insight on a number of things that you will not be able to get just by doing a walk-through of the apartment or by speaking to the landlord yourself. Reviews can either help to cinch the deal with the new apartment or will make you want to continue searching for the perfect apartment.