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15 Things To Consider Before Renting Your First Apartment

Or your second, or third, or...

1. Make sure you can afford it.

2. Don't pay for anything until you've seen the apartment.

3. If the landlord seems too eager to rent you the place, be careful.

4. Gauge your landlord.

5. Try to meet your potential neighbors.

6. Figure out where the common walls are.

7. Visit the neighborhood on nights and weekends before signing anything.

8. Consider their pet policy.

9. Consider the commute.

10. Go over exactly what utilities are covered.

11. Check all the faucets and flush all the toilets.

12. Make sure the air conditioning and heater work.

13. Open all of the drawers, cabinets, and doors.

14. Make a checklist and take photos.

15. And most importantly... Scope out your power outlets.