(Closed) Best Question To Ask?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

What do you know about the neighbors? When we lived in an apartment, it was fine for quite awhile, but by the end of it the neighbors were so loud above us that we got hardly any sleep some nights and at that same time a friend of ours was having the same problem. His upstairs neighbors would come home every Sunday morning (early) and have the fun times together literally all day and night. He would get no sleep, have to work early that morning and then go to school all day.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Not to ask but do…something I learned from living in NYC.  When you look at an apartment, go into the kitchen and open a couple of the cabinets.  Then turn the lights off and leave for a couple minutes.  Come back in and flick the lights on.  If there’s bug/cockroaches, they’ll go running.

Even what seems like the NICEST place can have cockroaches in a city.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

I guess this could apply to an apartment or house,but when we were apartment hunting I wish I had paid attention to the windows more. The apartment we just moved out of after 2 years was huge and beautiful. But we didn’t notice until that next winter that the windows were so old, the curtains literally blew when it was windy outside, and the windows were closed. Because of this (and just bad insulation/an old house) we ended up spending a disgusting amount of money on oil each year.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Has there been any water damage and was it repaired or just covered up?

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I agree with the opening cabinets! we got lucky.. i didnt go this & there is no bugs .. however… if I would have opened the cabinets and shower door I would have noticed how old the place really is (or how it hasnt been taken care of as much as possible)

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@lilyfaith: Also, look along the floorboards to see if the previous tenants put any sort of tape or anything down there.  We didn’t look and found duct tape along the floorboards when we moved in.  Duct tape = mice.  Luckily we have cats and they were gone in week.  Still gross though.

Edit: I don’t know if floorboards is the right word.  Where the floor meets the wall is what I’m talking about.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I totally agree about asking about neighbors. As someone that had to put up with the LOUDEST neigihbors ever once, it’s one question I always ask now.

I also always ask about the average heat costs. The same loud apartment was small, so we figured it would at least be cheap to heat the place up. Not so much. It was SO poorly insulated that it seriously just never got warm, no matter how much we spent on gas.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check the plug-ins. We rented a house and there were only a few plug ins that had a 3-prong thing, which is what most our appliances were. Also, only half of them worked! Check baseboards especially around tubs, after we rented we looked close and saw they were painted over, within a month we had major black mold growing out of them. the floor was really warped too. Cracks above and below doors. Under sinks to check for leaking. turn the faucet on and flush the toilet, check the pressure and how long the toilet takes to fill.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

See if you can see the actual apartment you’ll be moving into before paying deposits or anything.  All we got to see was a model which was nothing like the apartment we’re in now.   I also make sure I ask about what crime in the complex/neighborhood is like and how much the average electric bill costs. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh, also, I learned from experience not to always trust the rental office.  For example, our office told us there hasn’t been flooding at our complex in at least 10 years.  Two weeks after we moved in we were being evacuated and the fireman who FI was talking to said they had rescued people from flood waters off the third floor balcony in 2004.  That night the footage was on the news.  Now at the slightest sign of rain FI freaks out and starts moving our stuff to higher ground.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Baseboards!  That’s the word I was looking for :o)

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