How to Find an Apartment In Springfield

Are you looking for your first apartment here in Springfield? Congrats! It’s a great city to call home. Make sure you know your rights when negotiating and signing a lease and what to ask when it comes time to create that contract. 

Make Sure to Read the Lease

You’ll want to carefully read and understand your lease agreement before checking off any boxes or signing on any dotted lines. Your lease contains information about daily living, but it will also help you understand your rights as a tenant. If you have any questions, the time to ask them and get answers is before entering into this legally binding agreement. 

Once you’re happy with the lease agreement, keep a copy handy at all times. It should also include forms and pictures that outline the condition of your apartment when you move in. This way, you can compare it to the condition you leave it when you move out and ensure you get your full security deposit back.

Budget Is Big

You need to make sure you can afford monthly rent payments before signing your lease. Consider what would happen, too, if times get tough and you may find your finances in a tight spot one month — could you still be able to cover rent? Think about the answer carefully. Also, make sure to submit payment on time every month or even early. 

The key here is to establish a track record of dependability with your apartment’s property management team. You may get a little leeway based on your past timeliness if you run into some bumps in the road paying rent. Some landlords can even report payment status to credit bureaus which improves your credit score that will eventually work in your favor when you’re ready to make a big purchase (like a house).

Cover Your Assets

Renter’s insurance is often a required purchase for many apartment properties, but even if it’s not, it’s a smart move to make as a first-time renter. You’ll likely spend a good deal on the right furniture and decorations for your first place, and if something were to happen to your belongings without insurance coverage, you would likely have to bring your landlord to small claims court to recoup the losses.

If your apartment complex allows pets and you’re bringing a furry friend along with you to your new home, there’s a good chance they’ll also require pet insurance. Even the most well-trained dogs can have accidents, and the most docile cats can mark their territory. Pet insurance covers both you and your landlord from damage done by your furry friends.

Get It Fixed ASAP

Part of building a good relationship with your landlord and creating an excellent track record as a renter is letting them know about any maintenance issues ASAP. Significant repairs can become even bigger problems if left unchecked. Leaks, for example, can turn into moisture trapped in the walls and develop into mold. 

It’s important to know which problems are considered “big” and which are minor fixes that you can do on your own. Changing light bulbs, replacing smoke alarm batteries, or unclogging toilets are part of the learning curve when you move into your first place. These are little things you can tackle that are a part of living independently. Your property management team will appreciate you taking on these responsibilities.

Act Like It’s Yours

When it comes to leasing your first apartment, act as though you own it. Keep it clean, take care of the property, and be a neighborly resident, and it will go a long way towards building that all-important relationship with your property manager. Adopting this “own it” mindset also helps to ensure that you get your security deposit back when you’re ready to move out.

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Apr 22


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