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5 Tasks You Should Do On Your Apartment Hunt

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The furnished apartments Calgary rental is booming. With more and more property owners getting in on this sweeping trend, there have never been more options available to renters in all budget categories. With the hectic pace of life and society these days, sudden career changes, and more diverse opportunities for young people than ever before, many people are realizing how much they appreciate the freedom of renting a furnished place. That being said, there are a few things you should look out to make sure you get the most bang for your buck when renting a furnished place.

1. Know exactly what you’re getting

Although this is becoming less and less of a problem as renters become wise to the whole furnished apartment market, there are unfortunately still some property owners out there who are going to try to market something as “furnished” when it really just contains some leftover junk. Sometimes a “semi-furnished” apartment can really just mean that there are a couple of old chairs collecting dust in the corner. It makes sense that you’ll pay a bit more to rent something that is furnished, but if you’re paying top dollar, than the space really should include everything you need to live comfortably.

2. Ask about the details

Speaking of what you need to live comfortably, make sure you find out if the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need for cooking and eating. If you’re planning to cook and eat often at home, this is a huge difference that would end up costing you a lot of money. A truly equipped kitchen should contain everything you need to cook a reasonably complicated meal and contain dishes and cutlery in sets of at least 4.

Also enquire about linens, towels, and cleaning supplies. Although not all furnished places include these little extras, you want to know beforehand what you’re getting yourself in to and make sure that you feel you are paying a fair price for what is offered.

3. Quality inspection

You should also ask about the quality of the furniture and appliances in the space you will be living. Things might look new and shiny at first glance, but they might not be so impressive when you really get down to it. Especially when it comes to appliances, you should be told up front what brand they are, what year they were made, and how heavily used they are. The quality of the appliances can have a big impact on your power, gas, and water bills, so make sure you get all the details up front.

4. Level of communication with the owner

Another thing to establish before you move in, is what level of participation the owner or landlord is going to have. You need to know who you should call if something goes wrong with the plumbing in the middle of the night, or if you can expect a chair that broke from regular use to be replaced, and if you can rely on them to accommodate your needs as an individual tenant. Although there is not one size fits all level of landlord involvement, you want to make sure that you are comfortable with the terms and feel like you’ll be able to manage comfortably in the event that something comes up.

5. Classic style and timeless design

Although this is, of course, a matter of person taste, it is advised that you go with a classic and timeless style in terms of how you’d like the flat to be decorate. Although extremely modern and edgy spaces can seem appealing at first, you need to ask yourself if you can really imagine yourself enjoying it for months and years to come. You might end up paying top dollar to live in a trendily decorated apartment, only to realize you’ve grown sick of the flashy design a few months down the road. Even if you’re not sure how long you’re planning to stay, try to think more long-term when it comes to design choices.

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