Part of healthy apartment living means knowing what type of situation you will be moving into and trying to make sure it is a good one. Things such as pets, smoking, paint and mold can all be issues you’ll want to address ahead of time. Here are some things to keep on your radar when choosing an apartment that will complement a healthy lifestyle:
- Are you allergic to cats or dogs? People with allergies may want to check with potential landlords to find out if pets are allowed in the building prior to signing a lease. Also, if you have any plant/pollen issues, take a quick peek around the exterior of the building to be sure there are no dangers lurking near your windows.
- Secondhand smoke is fast becoming a headline health hazard. If you don’t smoke, you may want to consider paying attention to the indoor air quality when apartment hunting. If you smell cigarettes, you might want to consider that carefully before making a final decision.
- When looking at an apartment, open doors under the kitchen sink and look for black mold both there and in the bathroom. It can be dangerous, and you may want to talk with the landlord about its removal prior to accepting a place.