While you are house hunting, make sure that you check on this list to make sure that you are finding a home that is worth your time and money!
- Check for cell reception.
- Check the water pressure on cold, on hot, on both, and how long it takes to get warm.
- Bring a socket tester and test all outlets. Also make sure there are enough outlets in each room, and enough 3-prong ones.
- Ask the neighbors what the worst part of the building, street, neighborhood is.
- Drive through the area during rush hour if commuting via car.
- Make sure there’s an Internet provider suitable to your preferences.
- Make sure the windows are double-paned/double-glazed and in good repair if the area is cold to avoid high heating bills. See if the windows open and close easily.
- Fill all sinks/tubs. Drain simultaneously and flush each toilet during.
- If surrounding places have belongings left sitting on the porches (toys, stoves, seating, decorations), it’s a good sign for little/no theft and a kid-friendly environment.
- Ask “What’s the average rental time for apartments in the building?” If people aren’t staying long, it’s a bad sign.
Make sure that you have a list of priorities before you begin house hunting so you know what to look for and what is important to you.