Taking a Look at Apartment Rentals and How to Find the Best One For Your Family

by Adriana Noton - Date: 2010-10-19 - Word Count: 523 Share This!

If buying a house is out of the question for whatever reason, apartment rentals might be the next best choice. There are as many reasons to rent apartments as there are people to rent them. There are certain tax advantages to home ownership, but if that is not possible, then here are some things to know about the whole rental process.

The first considerations are how many people there will be living there, what amenities the complex offers, parking availability and, if you have pets, are they allowed. If anyone in the family is handicapped, is there proper access available and is the interior of sufficient roominess to allow ease of movement. In larger apartment buildings with multiple floors, is there an elevator to use or must you make use of stairs.

Second consideration would be the location of the apartment. If there are children, schools should be in proximity to the unit, especially if they walk there. If farther away, is there school bus service. Lacking that, the apartment would be best near a city bus stop. That would be convenient for shopping excursions as well, if you don't have a car available.

Speaking of car, if you do have one you will want to check out parking space. Every unit should have one, even if you don't need it. It should be available and usually there would be two for each apartment in these days of two car families. In addition, see if there is additional parking for recreational vehicles or perhaps a boat or something like that.

Another item on the location side of the list, would be proximity to your church and work as well. If it is farther than you would like, see if it is at least near freeway access or well traveled roads. Church is once or twice a week for most folks but work is daily.

While you are looking at apartments, keep your eye open for your neighbors. If you rent this unit you will most likely sign a lease for at least a year. Being comfortable with the people around you and your family is crucial to a happy life. Drop by the complex at different hours of the day, especially when folks are at home. Check out the noise levels and activities around you.

Find out if a manager is on site to accept your rent payments. If not, you will need a bank account to be able to mail your payments off site or be able to go out to purchase money orders. This may seem like a small matter, but lacking on site managers you will have to trust that the post office will do its job. And it may be a hassle to get to stores that sell money orders.

Last but not the least is the cost involved in renting. Be prepared to pay the first and last months rent as well as, possibly, a damage deposit. Money for utility deposits will be necessary too. Some apartment rentals include some or all utilities. If this situation is found, you will also find that the rent is somewhat higher for this type of rental. You decide.

Trying to find the best Toronto apartment rentals? Then be sure to visit Torontorentals.com, a leading online provider showcasing Toronto apartments for rent in Toronto and the GTA.n
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