What To Think About When You Take A Virtual Tour
The apartment search can be brutal, especially if you are taking steps to avoid looking at many apartments in place because of social distancing guidelines. This means you might be turning to virtual tours more often than you would have a year ago.
While virtual tours can be more challenging in some ways, they can also be very helpful. These are a few things to think about as you tour these apartment rentals.
Get a Sense of the Atmosphere
Virtual tours don't give you a complete sense of the environment you are looking at, so pay close attention to features of the apartment. Where are the windows? How much light do you expect to get in the home? How dark does it look, and does it matter to you?
Ask to See More Details
If you have questions about details of the rental, like if it's a one bedroom apartment or has countertops or a bath tub, ask for a closer look. Take note of issues that extend beyond "wear and tear." You want to know the condition of the apartment you are looking at, especially because because it may indicate the general way the apartment is taken care of by the owner or management.
Use a Floor Plan at the Same Time
It is also a good idea to examine the floor plan of the rental alongside the video tour. This gives you the insight to ask questions as needed as well as to get a better feeling of exactly where the video is taken from, and it also helps you understand the flow and personality of the apartment.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Neighborhood
It is not enough to take a virtual tour of the apartment itself. It is also important that you take a look at the complex itself as well as everything that lies outside the complex. What stores are nearby, and are they the stores you want to be close to? Where is the closest grocery store? The closest hospital? Is the neighborhood as walkable as you want it to be? Consider the most important aspects of your life during your search.
Talk to a Professional
It is important to talk to a professional who can talk to you about the rentals you are considering. You have a lot of options to choose from, and a virtual tour of your rental will help you choose the right one for you no matter what else is happening in the world.