Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why look for an Apartment with fewer amenities?

Because times are tough, most people are looking for a place to live to get back on their feet and to save money.  Renting an apartment with fewer amenities is just what many people are looking for.  Also, in a more difficult economy, management companies tend to cut costs on many of the amenities they provide.  If you do desire a property with a lot of amenities, please ask a lot of questions about what is actually maintained.  Properties that are even a few years old may have "Tennis Courts" advertised, but the net is old and falling down.  You may find that, even if they are maintained, many people do not use them or that other people who are not tenants end up being the only ones who are taking advantage of them.

Properties with amenities such as swimming pools also cost more.  Let's face it, the cost of maintaining a swimming pool or work-out facility isn't free.  Management companies have to make their money back somewhere.  Where do they make it?  You guessed it!  The rent that YOU pay each month.  So before you decide on an apartment, please remember that you may be getting a lot, but you will also be paying a lot!

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