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Even if you’ve been renting your entire life, there’s always something exciting about signing a rental agreement and moving into a new apartment. But before you willingly put your name on any contracts, you really should take a step back and make sure that the apartment you’re considering is worth the price of rent. After all, you don’t want to get locked into a living nightmare just because you couldn’t be bothered to inspect the merchandise. So, schedule an appointment with the property manager, grab your magnifying glass, and don’t forget to print off a copy of the Apartment Inspection Checklist. This helpful infographic will let you know exactly what to look for when you’re looking over a potential place to live.

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  1. It is not enough to take photos. Take video legally of what the leasing agent tells you with a date on the video or audio. I was told I was getting a newly renovated apartment. Not only was it not renovated, it was filthy, rusted 1980 fridge and wasn’t painted. They claimed it was. I just went to court yesterday and was told despite 50+ photos that I was not ‘credible’ by the judge and the people who lied (I could call the electric company and make changes to my turned on date on a SUNDAY (they are closed) The judge stated the cabinets ‘looked shiny” on the outside ‘but not on the inside”. Duh they are from the 70’s.
  2. I will be relocating in New Jersey at the end of June 2016 and will be working at a hospital in Rochelle Park, NJ. I want to rent a 3bdrm/ 2ba apartment not a house nearby. I am able to pay up to $2,000.00 per month. Please help me found one , my family will be moving from Savannah, ga
    • Lea Erbskorn says:

      Hi Henry. We are happy to assist with your search. Using the information that you provided us, we ran a search and unfortunately, there aren’t any listings located Rochelle Park, NJ. We are sorry for this inconvenience. If there is another area that you are interested in, we can definitely run another search with a new area. We wish you the best on your future endeavors.

  3. Adriana Tausz says:
    How can I fill out the list? Is there a way to download to change it or even print it?


    • Hi Adriana! If you right click the image, you will be able to save down as a .jpg and print the infographic from there. That’s a great idea to make this into a downloadable checklist! Thank you so much. We will start working on that in the near future. 🙂

  4. Sonny David says:
    Thanks for sharing this. Thanks for the info, super helpful. If you ever need to fill out a form, here is http://goo.gl/20LD4o a really useful tool. Very easy to navigate and use.
  5. Cecilia Padilla says:
    How can a senior person retired , lives on SS, that applies for an apartment low price less than $1000 and is asked to get on a waiting list. How does a person looking for the apartment know in what part of the list she is? I have applied in several places since early months of 2015. Still I am said that they do not know when they will have a plae to rent.
    It would be nice for us to know if we are #10 or #50 place.
    I live in Santa Clara County CA. All places are very expensive here. Pleae comment.
    Thank you.
    • It is very frustrating to be placed on a waiting list! Unfortunately, we at ForRent.com can not determine where your place is on the list you applied to or why they can not give you more information on where you are on the list. Patience is the only factor in this case that can offer you some ease. Many people have been and are currently going through a “waiting list” scenario. I would keep plugging at apartment opportunities and in the future, something will inevitably change. The more you apply, the better your chances of finding your ideal home.

  6. Edda M. Serrano says:
    I am looking for a 2 bedroom apartment. Either in Kendall, Sunset Drive or near to MIAMI International Airport. I cannot pay more than $900 a month. Can you help me.
  7. Hello.

    I’m looking for a 2 bedroom apartment in Corona. (I would like to live near Corona. Riverside is good too.) I’m going to USA next month for a year as a intern. So I want furnished apartment. I cannot pay more than $1300 per month. I’m not American. Can you help me.

  8. Geneva, thank you SO SO VERY MUCH for compiling and sharing this list!  I have printed it off and WILL be using it very soon.  I found a house for rent on-line and have gone through a very extensive and personal application process in the last few days.  The home is in Oklahoma.  The Property Management Company is in California.  Though time consuming and rather exhausting, as a previous real estate investor (now called a flipper,) I understand and appreciate how very thorough the vetting process has been.

    Being retired, disabled, divorced for several years, and not a “social butterfly ” for yearsss… I have read MANY of your articles and you have essentially held my hand and walked me through this process (which is NOT for the faint of heart!)  I just cannot thank you enough for sharing your knowledge!  You have blessed my life in many BIG ways!

    Many thanks & Stay blessed,

    Marty Marie


  9. Lollypopqueen says:

    Hi this is really helpful information thanks guys for making this article. Another plus to the world 😀

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