Finding a Quiet Houston Apartment

By: Patrick O'Connor

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Houston apartments can offer quiet idyllic conditions. However, many Houston apartments are not quiet. This article provides insights into finding a quiet Houston apartment at an affordable price.

Quiet Houston apartments are most difficult to find when you are on a tight budget. If you can afford several thousand dollars per month for an apartment, it is easy to find a nice quiet apartment complex. While some of the tips in here will apply to upscale apartments, most will be focused on moderate priced apartments.

Look for well-maintained Houston apartments which are not on a major thoroughfare and which are not near a huge number of other apartments. Quiet Houston apartments also often have limited access gates and probably will not be the least expensive apartment in the area. Limited access gates will not keep someone out of the property. If a criminal is determined to get into the property, they will find a way around the limited access gates. In most cases, they can simply follow another car into the property. However, the limited access gates limit traffic of people who are not residents or guests of apartment residents.

There are groups of apartments clustered very close to each other. In some cases, there are 50 to 100 apartment complexes all within 1 mile of each other. While there are quiet apartments in such areas, you're less likely to find in a quiet apartment in such an area. The ideal candidate for a quiet apartment is a property at least 1 mile from the closest apartment complex. Ideally, it is not located on a major thoroughfare. It is somewhat difficult to find these properties since you do not observe them when driving around Houston. Try looking for apartments on streets whose name you do not recognize when using the online service. If you are familiar with Houston, you should recognize most of the apartment streets in the area where you are seeking an apartment. Apartments located on streets whose name is not familiar are more likely to be in a quiet neighborhood. They are also more likely to not be close to other apartments.

Start searching for a quiet Houston apartment by selecting a quality online apartment search service. It should have access to all available Houston apartment projects. It should also allow you to search by rent, location, unit type, unit size, unit amenities, and property amenities. Many Houston apartment search services only have information on 10 to 15% of the available Houston apartments. You are less likely to find an affordable quiet Houston apartment when starting with such a small sample of properties. Ideally, it will also give you a $100 move-in rebate.

First, identify the area for your Houston apartment. Then identify perhaps 10 to 20 Houston apartments which fit your price range and have the unit type and the amenities you want.

Think about what features are important to you for your Houston apartment. Develop a list of questions to you use when you call the on-site staff. When you ask questions regarding if the property is quiet, listen both to what is said and how it is said. Is the person comfortable and enthusiastic about the property being quiet?

The next step is to drive and see the properties. At this point you just want to do an exterior drive by to see if the property seems likely to be quiet and is acceptably maintained. Try driving around the perimeter of each property and then driving through the property. You get a lot of information by driving around the perimeter and driving through the Houston apartment properties you are considering. Are they well-maintained? Are they clean? Do they appear quiet? Are groups of people hanging out during the middle of the day?

At this point you have probably limited your list of Houston apartments to perhaps two or three properties. The best test of whether a property is quiet can be conducted on Friday or Saturday night at nine or 10 o'clock in the evening. Drive around and drive through the properties at nine or 10 o'clock on a Friday or Saturday night. If they are quiet then, you can be fairly comfortable they will be quiet during the balance of the week.

My now, you should have found a quiet Houston apartment property. If not, start with a new group of properties and repeat the process. Assuming you have found an attractive apartment, negotiate the application fee, deposit, first months rent and monthly rental rate. Be sure to read the lease. It is a legal document. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand a section. Also, make sure you understand what is required to have your deposit returned.

When you accept the apartment and move in, do a careful walk-through with the apartment representative. If possible, do the walk-through several days before you plan to move and so any problems can be fixed before you move.

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