What things should you look out for when viewing an apartment in Montreal? Great question! Apartment hunting can be a fun and exciting time, but it can also be a little overwhelming! You should ask many questions to make sure the apartment is the perfect fit for you, and you need to inspect the apartment before making the final move! Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of essentials to look out for when viewing a new Montreal apartment. So read on to find out exactly what you need to know:
1. Check the Cell Phone Reception
Cell phones are like lifelines, especially in today’s world! We use them for everything like work, communicating with friends and family, and even keeping track of daily tasks. So good cell phone reception is a must! If you can hardly use your phone in your new apartment due to bad reception, that’s a big problem. So make sure to use your phone/make a phone call when viewing the apartment. You should also ask about Wi-Fi! Luckily, BRiX has excellent cell phone reception in all of our units, and we include Wi-Fi in the rent. We even offer a workspace complete with a whiteboard, printer, and conference call system to help you get work done efficiently!
2. Verify the Water Pressure and Temperature
Many people often forget to check the little things like how good the hot water is and the water pressure itself. Nobody wants a cold shower! Although you can’t take a shower while inspecting the apartment, you can run the water to test the pressure and temperature on your hand to ensure it’s suitable. BRiX includes hot water and heating in the rent too! Plus, our building is actually 14% more energy efficient than a building constructed according to the Canadian energy code NECB 2015, due to our well-insulated walls and windows and the high-performing HVAC system.
3. Look for Safety Features
Always look for smoke detectors in or near each bedroom, by the front door and by the kitchen. During your walkthrough, you should test the smoke detectors to make sure they all function correctly. Ask your property manager when the last time the batteries got replaced and the age of each smoke detector. Batteries should be changed every year, and the entire device should get replaced every ten years. Not only do we provide smoke detectors in all our apartments, but we also have a fire alarm system and sprinklers throughout the building. Our tenants’ safety is our number one priority! That’s why we also include a presence at the lobby front desk, video surveillance cameras, magnetic fob key access for apartments and all common spaces, and a generator for emergency power to the shared areas and operational systems.
4. Ask About the Pet Policy
If you own a dog or a cat, it’s often hard to find apartments that will let your furry friends live with you. But here at BRiX, we welcome pets! We even provide a unique enclosed space lined with specialty turf to make it convenient for both you and your dog when they need to do their business.
5. Determine the Parking Situation
Montreal isn’t always the easiest city to find parking. Fortunately, at BRiX, we offer underground parking! If you own a car, you can opt for a parking spot to make sure you never have to struggle to find a parking spot, and your car will stay warm and snow-free being parked underground. No car? No problem! BRiX is also close to all forms of transportation, including buses, trains, and the metro! Read all about your transportation options here.
Contact BRiX Today
A little extra work goes a long way! By asking these questions and knowing what to look for, you’ll find the apartment of your dreams in no time! In fact, a careful apartment inspection is good for everyone. It ensures you’re getting the apartment you expect, headache-free from immediate issues, and it means your property manager is getting a tenant who takes care of their home. It’s a win-win! So contact BRiX today at brixmtl.com and book your tour. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and make sure your apartment is always in the best condition possible.More Articles