2 Smart Things to Do Before Checking Out a Potential New Apartment

Apartment hunting? You’re not alone!

Regardless of where you are searching for an apartment, and regardless of if you are looking to move into a place on your own or in with roommates in a pre-existing rental, here are 2 smart things that you should do before going to visit.

1.  Check the walkscore

Is being able to walk or bike to places important to you? Is convenient public transportation important to you? If so, be sure to check out the FREE website www.WalkScore.com before visiting your potential new place! Simply type in the cross streets or the actual address of the new apartment and find out just how close it is to public transportation, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, schools, markets and more!

2.  Find out about the crime

When it comes to finding out the truth about crime in a neighborhood, never depend on the word of the landlord or possible new roommate.  Instead, get accurate statistics on local crime by googling the city that you are considering the move to and adding in “crime stats”.  One great website to utilize is CrimeStats.com, although some cities police departments have set up their own.