The 5 W's: The Basics of Apartment Hunting

Searching for the perfect apartments in Jacksonville can be a very thrilling experience. You get the chance to visit many different communities and discover all the of the wonderful amenities they offer such as resort style swimming pools, fitness areas, and spacious floor plans with great walk-in closets. It all seems so perfect, you can just imagine yourself enjoying a lazy Saturday dozing off by the pool. But WAIT!.....There are a lot of important questions to ask and things to go over before you jump into signing a lease for the first 2 bedroom apartment you find. By keeping the following questions top of mind while searching, you should be able to gather all the information you need to make the right decision on which of the many Jacksonville Apartments is best for you.

WHAT is the Rent?

You need to know what is included in the rent. Some communities will include things like utilities, parking, and laundry while others do not. It is imperative that you are aware of associated costs up front so you don’t have any surprises at the end of the month.

WHO are you going to be living with?

Although there any many great advantages to living in an apartment, one of the possible downsides is living in very close proximity to strangers. Knowing what type of people you will be living with, and if you hold any of the same lifestyle choices will be important in choosing which Jacksonville apartment is right for you. 

WHERE is the apartment located?

Location, Location, Location! This is usually the thing at the top of most perspective renters’ lists’ when deciding with Jacksonville apartment they want to live in. From St. John's Town Center to Southside, Jacksonville is home to so many unique neighborhoods, but which one is the best for you?

To be sure you choose the right location, take a look at the places you travel most, and look for Jacksonville Apartments that are most central to those places. Take into account, work, school, shopping, entertainment, dining and whatever other places you frequent the most. Check out our Jacksonville Neighborhood Guide so you can get to know the different areas of Jacksonville.

WHEN can I move in?

Jacksonville Apartments vary on lease lengths and terms. Most student based apartments will have move in/move out dates that are timed with the beginning and end of the college semesters. Other questions pertaining to when you move in, would be when is rent due? Or when is rent late? Almost all Jacksonville Apartments will have some sort of fee associated with late rent. Make sure you understand the policy at your apartment and do your best to follow it so you don’t get hit with late fees.

WHY should I move into this apartment?

This is a great question to ask yourself once you have toured the Jacksonville Apartments you are most interested. Weigh the pros and cons of each community to help you come to decision on which place will suit you best. This is also a great question to ask the staff at each community you are touring. Put on the spot, the leasing agent will probably give you a really honest answer. If their answer isn’t in line with what you want, then you can take that back with you to aid in your decision making process.

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