If you are planning on moving to a new city and don't want to purchase a home, then you will likely be thinking about renting an apartment. However, you might feel wary about renting an apartment in a city with which you are not familiar. Here are some tips for getting the best possible deal when renting an apartment.
1. Ask for Discounts
You will often not be able to lower the price of your apartment itself. However, you might be able to get your landlord to compromise on other options. For example, if you have a pet and don't want to pay the monthly fees for your pet, you could ask to have them reduced or waived. Your chances of being able to do something like this are increased if the landlord really wants to get the apartment rented quickly, such as when a tenant moves out without giving any notice. There is also a chance that you will be able to reduce your monthly rent each month if you extend the length of your lease. You landlord might be willing to have you pay less each month simply for the peace of mind of not having to deal with finding tenants. You won't know about these potential discounts unless you ask.
2. Take Photos When You Move In
Before you start moving any of your stuff into the apartment, make sure that you go through it thoroughly. Take photos with your cell phone in order to make sure that, should you see any issues, you can prove that they were there before you moved in. This will help increase the chances that you will get as much of your security deposit back as possible and therefore reduce the overall costs of moving in the end or make it easier for you to move again when you are ready to leave. Make sure that you ask to have all of these issues fixed in order to get the best value for your money. Do not finalize the lease until all of the issues have been resolved.
3. Get Everything in Writing
Finally, be sure that you get any agreements for discounts or repairs in writing. Try to keep all of your communication with your landlord in writing to protect both you and your landlord and to help prove that each of you is holding up your end of the landlord-tenant agreement.
For more information, talk to an apartment rental company.