Houston apartment search tips -- Great List of Questions- By: Patrick Oconnor
Houston apartment leasing agents lease apartments every day. You don't. Here are some questions to help improve your odds of getting a great deal. Listen to both what is said and how they say it. How it is said is often more important than what is said. Don't be bashful about asking questions -- this will be your home for many months!
Tell me about the property?
What types of people live at the property? Are they unskilled laborers, craftsmen, or young professionals?
Tell me about the xx bedroom apartments you have available?
What amenities do you have in the apartments?
Frost Free Refrigerator
Furnished Units Available
Hard Wood Floors
Ice Maker Refrigerator
Self Clean Ovens
Stainless Steel Appliances
W/D Stackable Conn
W/D Stackable Units
What amenities as the property offer?
24hr Emergency Maint
BBQ Grills / Picnic
Dry Cleaners/Wash & Fold
Park & Ride Nearby
School Bus Pick-up
Valet Trash Service
Do you have a courtesy patrol?
How many hours per week?
Have there been any crimes at the property recently?
Have you had to evict anyone for criminal activity?
Are there any suspected drug dealers or prostitutes at the property?
What is your maintenance policy?
Are there any maintenance work orders which have been outstanding for more than one week?
What is the best feature of the property?
If you could change something, what would you change about the property?
Is there an application fee?
Can you waive it?
How much is the deposit?
Are you flexible regarding the deposit?
How much is the rent for the xx unit?
Do you have a move-in special?
Do you have a look and lease special? (A look and lease special offers an incentive to sign a lease shortly after visiting the property.)
Is there a charge for water?
Is there a charge for natural gas?
Who pays for electricity?
Are there any other fees not included in the rent?
Use these questions to call apartments you are considering. Be direct and take control of the phone call. The leasing agent will be focused on getting you to agree to visit the property. Before you agree to visit any property, you're better off to call multiple properties. Use this list as a final checklist before agreeing to lease an apartment. This will help you confirm that the apartment has the features which are important to you. It will also help you to get the best available price and terms.
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