What to consider
- What kind of residence (house,
townhome, apartment) do you want?
- Do you need to provide furniture for your residence?
- How many people do you plan
to have live with you?
- Are your lifestyles compatible?
Location, location, location
- Can you walk, bike, or bus to
- Does the neighborhood
have other students living in proximity?
- Is it a family neighborhood?
Budget and expenses
- Will you cook foryourself?
- What utilities are included in the rent?
- What utilities are you responsible for?
North Carolina – link: http://www.ncrec.gov/Brochures/Print/Renting.pdf
Here are some safety considerations prior to making the commitment:
- Are the doors
to the apartment SOLID CORE wooden
doors or METAL? Do these doors have good
dead-bolt locks or at least shielded door knobs to deter access to the locking mechanism. Ask the landlord if the locks have been re-keyed since the last tenant moved out. (If allowed, consider
installing your own locks)
- Do the
doors have a “peep-hole” so visitors can be observed without
opening the door?
- Do shrubs and trees allow places for concealment near entrances and windows?
accessible fire escapes have good locking mechanisms?
- Good lighting deters crime. Is the lighting adequate near
entry doors and around walkways?
- Do outer doors of the
apartment stay locked at
- Are good working smoke detectors in place? There should
be at least two emergency escape routes in case of fire.