If you’re looking for a new apartment, don’t sign the lease until you check the stuff on this helpful list from Shine at Yahoo.com:
How Noisy the Neighbors Are. The best time to go see an apartment is on the weekend, when they’re probably all home. And if there’s an apartment above you, ask if any kids live up there.
The Water Pressure. Check the shower, and also flush the toilet.
The Laundry Situation. If you have a washer and dryer IN the apartment, just make sure they work. But if there’s a laundry room down the hall, ask how many apartments have to share it and how much it is per load.
Any Strange Smells. If the last tenant was a smoker, just ask the landlord if they’re planning to have the carpets professionally cleaned before you move in. On the other hand, if you smell something bad and can’t find the source, there might be issues with mold or mildew, which is a bigger problem.
The Doors and Windows. If you find a faulty latch BEFORE you move in, the landlord will probably fix it for you right away. If you notice it AFTER you move in, it might him take a while. That goes for dirty walls, too!
40% of renters don’t get their full security deposit back, so make sure you keep the place maintained and cleaned…be part of the 60%!