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What to Look Out for During an Apartment Tour

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Touring properties can be one of the most exciting parts of apartment hunting. It’s your chance to envision how your life might fit in each space. While paying attention to the design and layout is important, it’s easy to overlook the details that may end up causing you issues down the road. Let’s explore some of the practical details you should look out for during each apartment tour.

Does the Location Meet Your Needs?

View of three apartments from the outside neighbourhood.

During your apartment search, you likely have ideal locations in mind. However, even though these seem like perfect spots, paying close attention to your surroundings when you arrive and leave your tour is essential. Exhaust all angles. For example:

  • Are you near any busy roads? Will this impact traffic and noise?
  • Are you located near public transport?
  • What amenities are nearby?
  • Is this neighbourhood known as being safe?
  • Is the area pedestrian or bike-friendly?

How are the Building Features and Common Areas?

Underground parking garage.

Tour the entire building to see its features and common areas. Depending on your priorities, check the following:

  • Parking: Is it underground or above ground? Does the lot have charging stalls? Is the lot secure?
  • Elevators, Stairs, and Accessibility: Does the building have elevators and stairs? Are these accessible for your needs? 
  • Laundry Facilities: Is there in-suite laundry or on-site laundry? How many machines does the building have? How far are they located from your unit? Do the facilities look well-kept? 
  • Safety and Security: Does the building have 24/7 surveillance, security guards, or other ways of ensuring your safety? 

Do the Appliances Work?

View of kitchen with modern appliances like a fridge, stove, and a washer and dryer.

There’s nothing worse than finding the place of your dreams and settling in, only to find that the appliances don’t work. During your tour, turn on the oven, stove, dishwasher, and microwave, and check that the fridge and freezer are in working order.

If you discover that something’s not operating how it should be, it’s important to flag this to the property manager or landlord so that they can solve the issue before you move in.

What is the Type of Heating and Cooling System?

White apartment radiator.

Inquire about the type of heating system—is it central, baseboard heaters, radiators, or individual units? Similarly, ask about the air conditioning—is it central air or window units? Understanding the type of system allows you to assess how much control you’ll have over the temperature, what you can expect with your heating bills, and whether it will meet your comfort preferences.

For example, central heating systems typically offer more even and consistent heating throughout the apartment, while individual units may not distribute the temperature as evenly.

During this time, it’s also a good idea to ask about maintenance and responsibilities when it comes to your heating and cooling system. This will ensure a comfortable and efficient living environment and prepare you for unexpected costs you might need to shoulder during your tenancy.

Are there Signs of Water Damage or Leaks?

Water staining on ceiling.

Check for wet spots or pools of water along the ceiling and around the sink, toilet, and shower. It’s also a good idea to ensure that the faucets, showers, and flush toilets are in working order. Test for good water pressure, adequate temperature change, and any clogs in the drains. Plumbing issues can lead to higher water bills.

Is There Ample Natural Light?

Natural light in apartment.

Natural light not only brightens up your home but also has a host of benefits for your well-being. It can boost your mood, enhance productivity, and create a warm and inviting atmosphere. During your apartment hunt, pay attention to the orientation of windows and the amount of daylight that enters the space. This detail is especially useful if you’re an indoor gardener—south-facing windows can aid your plant growth.

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