In a huge metropolitan area like Houston, you have plenty of great options when it comes to picking an apartment complex. With so many choices, you may be wondering what’s the best way to narrow your list. If you follow our easy, step-by-step process, you’ll be on your way to apartment living in no time.

How to Pick an Apartment Complex

1. Make a list of requirements and a wish list.

Here are some key aspects to consider:

  • Price range
  • Location
  • Upfront costs
  • Amenities
  • Square footage
  • Number of rooms and bathrooms
  • Responsive management

2. Jot down the apartment complexes that catch your eye.

Write down the name, address, and contact info for each complex. Leave room for notes, especially since you’ll need to write in the specifics of each complex as well as any pros and cons. This is a smart move — apartments may start to run together after you’ve been hunting for a while.

3. Screen potential complexes by calling each office.

Make it a point to ask all of your questions upfront. Let the staff know your must-haves, as well as when you’d like to move in.

If the complex has a unit available, schedule an appointment to see it or a similar unit. To keep your memory fresh, try to schedule your appointments close together. Take detailed notes as you call, and avoid clutter by crossing off any complexes that absolutely won’t work.

4. Check out the complex.

Before your appointment, you can find out a lot about the complex by scrutinizing landscaping and outer maintenance. Take a look at all the balconies you can see — there should be no clothes hanging, pets running loose, or junk piled up. Be sure to check out the condition of the cars, convenience of parking, and general lighting.

5. Tour a unit.

Use your senses: Does it look clean and well-maintained? Does it smell like a well-kept apartment should? Can you feel any issues with the floors or walls? Do light switches work? Can you hear the neighbors or street noise? Do you get a sense of privacy? These are all great questions to yourself when visiting your next potential home. And be sure to check out the amenities, too.

6. Ask about move-in specials, as well as fees and deposits.

Make sure you understand all the fine print. If you’re a pet owner, inquire about special rents, fees, and weight limits. Find out how the apartment complex handles maintenance issues. If all goes well, grab an application — but don’t make a decision just yet.

7. Weigh your options and choose your dream apartment!

By this point, you should have a pretty narrow list of possible apartment complexes. Now all you have to do is pick a favorite and get ready for your big move.

For further reading, check out what to do before you sign a lease, crucial apartment inspection tips, and our favorite lease negotiation practices.

Do You Need Moving Help?

At Ameritex, we understand selecting your future apartment complex is a big decision. Our apartment clients have a large piece of our heart, especially since we got our start in the living room of a two-bedroom apartment back in 2001. We vow to make your apartment move as simplified and stress-free as possible.

For all questions or to schedule your move, call Ameritex at 713.484.6683.