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Items to keep in mind when considering off-campus housing
- Physically inspect the apartment unit/complex. Do not rent an apartment based solely on an ad.
- If renting or purchasing an older property be sure to check for the following:
- Lead paint
- 3 prong outlets
- Heating/cooling system
- Windows (units that are not well insulated will greatly impact your monthly utility expenses).
- Consider the advantages and disadvantages associate with what level apartment unit you desire to live on (i.e. ground floor verses second floor).
- Consider the advantages and disadvantages of living in an apartment complex (i.e. barking dogs, etc..)
- Carefully read over the terms of a lease prior to signing on the dotted line.
- Confirm that the landlord/property management company is responsible for lawn care and/or snow removal.
- Check basement/storage areas of apartment complex to ensure there is not a musty/mildew smell which often can be an indication of moisture/foundation leaks etc.
- Renter’s insurance is always recommended.