What to Look for in a Chicago Rental Property
When looking for an apartment rental in Chicago, there are some things you’ll want to take note of. One, of course, is location. Another is cost. You want to live in a part of Chicago that’s close to entertainment, has street parking, and is easy to get to from different parts of the city.
Here are some things you’ll want to look for when looking for a rental:
- Kid-Friendly and Pet-Friendly accommodations. This, of course, applies to parents and pet owners. Not every rental welcomes children, dogs or cats. That’s why it’s very important to ask questions up front so you know whether or not a place is right for you and your family.
- Visible security. Is the rental in a gated area or patrolled by security? Are there deadbolts on the doors? Check out the rest of the neighborhood. How do the buildings look? Are they maintained well?
- Does it come with appliances or do you provide your own? If appliances are available, how do they look? Do they turn on easily? Are they new or in need of an upgrade?
- What type of amenities do renters enjoy? Does the location have a swimming pool, tennis courts, a gym, and laundry room? Are utilities paid or partially paid by the apartment complex or landlord?
- Are smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors seen throughout the apartment? You should have plenty on hand to alert you to fire and gas leaks. Your apartment should also have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. That’s where most fires start and the most convenient place to store the extinguisher.
Now that you know what to look for while renting, you’ll have an easier time determining which apartments are a good fit for you and your family. Keep a checklist of must-haves with you whenever you go to view an apartment. It helps you decide to rent a place or not.