Things Not To Overlook When Searching For A Rental

When searching for a new place to live, it’s easy to fall in love fast. Most of the time, only the best pictures, which are almost always edited in one way or another, show up for the viewer to click through. There is also usually a story about how amazing the place is that accompanies the pictures.

If motivated to actually check out an apartment or home in-person, go with a game plan. The prospective tenant should have questions ready for the realtor or owner and give each room a thorough look-over as he or she tours. Take notes of the good and the bad. Nothing is too small to ignore. These notes will help jog the memory later on and could also be used to negotiate the rent down, should an application be accepted. Of all the things to consider when searching for a place to live, there are a few that may slip the mind, but are extremely important.

Air Conditioning System

Air conditioning comes in clutch during the few hot months in Philly. If there is a system in the apartment or home, ask where the thermostat is and how to operate it if it’s not clear. Check where the vents are in each room and feel for the force and temperature of the air.

It’s all too regular for owners to neglect their air conditioning systems, which could potentially cause a headache for the tenant. For a single family home, filters should be replaced every three months or so and should be the responsibility of the owner. If not, the system won’t operate efficiently and could release allergens and other nuisances into the home. Thereafter, systems should be cleaned at least once per year, which is a task most homeowners don’t do.


First and foremost, verify if a garage is included. If a garage is part of the package, think of how belongings would fit in the space. Whether the garage will be used to shelter cars, for storage, or even for a “man cave,” it’s important to consider if there’s enough space. The interested party must decide what’s acceptable and what won’t work.

Is there a pitched roof with rafters for added storage space? Is there enough space to comfortably park one or two cars? Is the garage door automatic or manual? If there’s a gated entrance to the property, is the gate automatic or manual? Is there a driveway? Is there a blind spot when backing out of the garage?


If the proposed rent is higher than usual for the area, there better be some desirable amenities that come with the place. Otherwise, it’s just paying more for nothing, which nobody in their right mind would do. The prospective tenant must decide whether these amenities are worth the premium rent.

Some examples of amenities include swimming pools, gyms, playgrounds, dog parks and basketball and tennis courts. Consider visiting during prime rush hours to see how crowded and difficult these amenities are to actually enjoy.