If you have decided that renting a furnished apartment is an excellent housing option for you, you are not alone. Furnished apartments hold considerable appeal to many people, including those who are in town for only a few months, those who are just starting out, those who are starting over and more. When you tour models of furnished apartments Montreal, it is easy to fall in love with the décor and perceived living experience. However, before you finalize your decision about which apartment to move into, remember these critical things.
1. Storage Space
You may not want to bring everything that you own to the new apartment, or you may not have many things to bring with you. However, there is a good chance that there are at least a few bags or boxes of items that are important to you or that are essentials. You may also pick up a few new things while living in the apartment. Pay close attention to the amount of storage space in the unit so that you do not feel claustrophobic while living in the apartment.
Many models of furnished apartment units look amazing, and this is because they are staged to be appealing. However, all of the items that you see in a model unit may not come with your own unit. Ask for a specific list of inclusions so that you are not unpleasantly surprised when you get the keys to your unit on move-in day.
3. Crime Statistics
The apartment complex likely will not provide you with crime statistics for the local community or for the complex itself, but you can obtain this information. In many areas, accurate information about crime statistics is available online. You may need to call the local law enforcement agency to obtain the website address. Another idea is to ask for specific information about crimes at the apartment building’s address.
4. Lease Options
You also should review the various lease options available. With a furnished apartment unit, it is common for very short lease terms to be provided. These terms may be as short as one to three months. Typically, signing a shorter lease term will give you a substantially higher monthly rental rate. If there is any possibility that you may be interested in renewing a short-term lease after the initial lease period has expired, it may be more beneficial to simply sign a longer-term lease up-front.
Renting a furnished apartment unit makes sense for many people, but it is not the ideal option available for all situations. As you compare the units available in a desired area with these factors in mind, you can better determine if this is the right housing option for you and which community is the right one for you to live in.