5 Apartment Tour Tips

5 apartment tour tips

As an Austin apartment locator and Realtor®, going on apartment tours is a huge part of my job. Over the years I have picked up on some quick tips to make sure your apartment tours are an effective means of gauging a property’s quality and livability, rather than the property simply “showing off” their interior designer’s work. You will be living in this property for a while so you’ll need to make that 1 hour apartment tour count! Here are my
5 Apartment Tour Tips:

1. Make sure to tour a vacant unit

Model unit:

Overly staged model unit.

Vacant unit:

Vacant apartment unit.

The property’s leasing agent will most likely let you guys tour the model unit which has all the bells and whistles. That’s great and all – especially to get an idea of what the finishes will be like in the units – but always try to tour a vacant unit with the same floor plan you will be living in. This sets a realistic expectation and lets you get a better feel of the space.

2. Bring a tape measure

5 tips for touring apartments

Make sure you know how big your bed, couch, and bookshelves are before you go into the property. Bring a tape measure and make sure everything will fit. Often times you will only be able to see the unit once before moving in (Maybe due to being on a relocation tour with limited time in the city or there is only 1 unit left on property and you want to snag it!)


3. Check for thin walls


Nothing is worse than having a noisy roommate, and having thin walls will only make that problem worse. If thin walls might be an issue for you, make sure you are comfortable with how noise travels in the apartment. Try closing the bedroom doors and checking to see how easily you can hear a friend talking on the other side.

4. Unit location

5 apartment tour tips


Make sure you know where your unit is in relation to parking, amenities, mail-room, trash-chutes, etc. It’s no fun having to go around a bunch of hallways and stairways just to bring in the groceries, walk the dog, or come in soaking wet after swimming and having to take a cold elevator up 4 floors. Being centrally located (or close to your preferred amenity) is important when selecting which apartment home to go with.


5. Know the fees and specials

pet rent

Keep in mind that the listed rate for an apartment isn’t always going to be what you pay. Rates can be higher or lower depending on any move in specials or mandatory fees.  Things like a pet rent, pest fee, and trash fee can sometimes make your monthly payment go over what you had planned in your budget. That’s why contacting an apartment locator with access to all of the property’s specials can make a huge difference.

Need help with your next Austin apartment tour? Contact me here for  free Austin apartment finding help and their current move in specials!

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