Houston Apartment Hunting Checklist for the Savvy Renter

Toa Heftiba

There are endless things to consider when viewing a place to rent in Houston, Texas, so it makes sense that you’d be likely to forget a thing or two—unless you prepare beforehand. To that end, having a rental viewing checklist of things you want to look out for would be a clever idea. Don’t be afraid to take more than the usual 15 minutes for your viewing, or even to request for a second viewing.

At Scotland Yard Apartments, we are here to help you select the perfect one or two-bedroom apartment for you!

External characteristics of the property and its area:

Here are some things that you should take note of when you are apartment hunting:

Take some time to scout the area around your potential home before the viewing; this way, you can ask the leasing agent more specific questions.

Scotland Yard is a gated community settled along a beautiful tree-lined street just minutes from the Texas Medical Center and Loop 610.

Is there parking available on the premises?

  • Are there additional charges for parking, or any other conditions?
  • Some properties only allow one or two vehicles to be registered to an apartment. This would be particularly important if you were living with multiple roommates.
  • How accessible is the area via public transport?

If you frequently use public transportation, don’t make an exception when you head for viewings. That will give you a better idea of what a normal day’s commute to the property is like.

At Scotland Yard Apartments, we have plenty of parking available for our residents free of charge.  Beat the Texas heat and reserve your own assigned covered parking space for only $15/month.  We are on 2 Metro bus routes including the Texas Medical Center and the University of Houston.  The Metro Rail is just 2 blocks away right outside NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans NFL team.

What’s The Scoop on Roommates?

It’s important to communicate any issues you may have – especially if they weren’t covered when you initially agreed to live together – to steer clear of major disputes. You can do this by establishing ground rules when you agree to live together and writing them down so you can be accountable to each other.  Informing your fellow roommate or roommates of your specific needs and being respectful of theirs.  Deciding on the way you’ll handle disagreements for when they occur – it’s too late when they are actually happening! This list is simply meant to help you along the decision-making process.

At Scotland Yard Apartments, we make it very easy for you to fill out all your paperwork online. We even accept payments and work orders online through our Resident Portal. Call us today (713) 799-9460.