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What to Look for in a Quality Rental Apartment

I think it’s a pretty fair statement to say that not all rental apartments are created equally!  Whether you’ve spent a considerable amount of time living in apartments or this is your first go-around, it is obvious that there are some places that just feel more like home than others.  But, how do you know for sure that you are getting into one of those places as opposed to the place that looks great during a tour and quickly turns into a nightmare upon move-in?  Here are a few tips that can help to keep you on your toes so you don’t get lost in the luster and sign up for a regrettable stay in apartment hell.

Response Time

Exterior View of a Rental Apartment Your first indication that a rental apartment is of good quality is your interactions with the management team.  When you are calling around to set up walk-throughs of your potential new digs, you should expect to hear back quickly.  A management team should be eager, ready, and willing to show you around and showcase all of the characteristics that set them apart from the competition.  A less-than-enthusiastic acknowledgement of your inquiry could be indicative of a management company that doesn’t put their tenant’s needs first.  If they can’t even make the time to show you the property, how do you think it might be handled if your radiator breaks or your kitchen sink starts leaking?  Just saying.

Look Beyond the Shiny

As you go to tour each rental apartment, it can be easy to get caught up in the thrill of shiny, new appliances and pristine, laminate flooring, but don’t let these decoys keep you from seeing what’s underneath.  It’s unfortunately common practice in many cases for those not-so-credible landlords out there to “pretty up” their spaces in an effort to mask bigger, existing problems.  Similarly, many will hire “professionals” that do mediocre work simply because they charge less.  Pay attention to the smaller details.  Is paint sloppily applied or does it look professional?  Are appliances installed correctly and in working condition?  Check under sinks and behind toilets for signs of leaks or water damage.  Getting caught up in the surface-level stuff can make for great aggravation down the line.


As with any other type of real estate, the location of your rental apartment is a good indicator of whether or not it is a quality place to live.  That’s not to say that there aren’t amazing apartments available in up-and-coming parts of town, but you do need to know where you’re living.  Much like was just discussed, sometimes landlords will “fluff” their spaces to make them seem more appealing, all the while forgetting to mention the noise of the nearby train that’s probably going to drive you crazy, the rising crime rates within the community, or the rush hour traffic that is a guaranteed impediment on getting you home before The Bachelor comes on!

The Grounds

If you’ve done your diligent inspection of the rental apartment unit and it seems to pass the test, that’s great!  However, don’t sign that lease just yet.  Ask to be shown the grounds within the rental community.  A well-maintained exterior is suggestive of a management team and community of neighbors who take pride in keeping their neighborhood clean and pleasant.  If, however, you find a property full of overgrown or unkempt landscaping, free-floating trash and debris, and chipping, peeling paint, you may want to take this into consideration.  It is assumed that you will want your new home to feel welcome and inviting and nothing gets you further from that than being greeted with an eyesore every time you drive up to your building.

The Application Process

If all of the boxes have been checked and red flags waived, it’s time to start the application process for your new rental apartment.  Now, what I’m going to say might seem counterintuitive, but hear me out.  The application process should be a bit rigorous.  Wait, what?  Yes, that’s what I said.  A good landlord cares about the people he/she is renting out their property to.  They’ve likely put a lot of work into creating a quality renting experience and they should want to maintain that standard.  If the application process doesn’t require a background or credit check, you might want to start asking some questions.

Looking for a Rental Apartment in Hattiesburg?

Now that you know all of the things you need to keep an eye out for as you begin your apartment search, it’s time to get hunting!  Using the assistance of a professional, such as those at Hattiesburg Apartments, is another valuable tool to ensure that you don’t get caught signing a lease on a property that ends up to be anything but desirable.  Our database of available rentals includes units in 17 of the most desirable and beautiful local communities in the Hattiesburg area.  Don’t wait another minute, contact us today!  We can’t wait to help you find your new home!

Posted by: southgaterealtyllc on April 9, 2018
Posted in: Property Management