Red-hot rental markets around the country are creating panic among would be tenants, making them sign on the dotted line (on the lease) without doing much research on the place or area they’re renting. It’s the same case, if not more with people who have found the 2 bedroom apartment of their dreams i.e. close to their workplace in Gainesville, Florida.

Let’s just say that you’ve found the place that seems perfect. It’s close to your workplace, the hospital, a few grocery stores and recreational areas and easily accessible due to public avenues of transportation. Even then, you must stop and think of the following critical details that often get over-looked when caught up in the excitement.

How Well Established Is The Security?

This is the all-important consideration that should be kept in mind when looking for an apartment in Gainesville, Florida. Is the apartment situated inside a gated community? If not, is the apartment located in a secure area and neighborhood? When you visit the premises, the evaluation must start before the landlord ushers you inside the 2 bedroom apartment. Are the locks in the building secure enough? Is the buzzer entry system working? What other security measures the management of the building has employed?

Is The Apartment Fully Furnished?

Moving from one place to another is a hassle, primarily because of packing all the furniture and then unpacking it in the new place. While most rental options (in residencies) do offer fully furnished apartments, this is the second most important consideration you need to keep in mind.

If yes, make sure to check the stove, refrigerator, and other major appliances to see if they’re functional. Chances are that the appliances installed in the apartment unit won’t be brand new therefore remember to check the model and year of each.

Is There Any Parking Space?

Make sure that the parking garage can be easily accessed and is secure. Be sure to ask the management how much it’s going to cost you for parking facilities, and other alternatives that are available. If possible, look for an apartment that’s within walking distance to your workplace. Oakbrook Walk for instance is situated just a couple of blocks away to the Shands Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida and is popular among the people who work at the facility.

Renting an apartment is a big decision. Make sure it’s the right one!