If you’re thinking about moving to Atlanta, you might be considering getting an apartment. There are plenty to choose from in the city, and living downtown or in Midtown makes getting to work a lot easier. Actually, there are a lot of perks to being in the city, but it’s also important to be aware of where you live.
When you’re on the hunt for the perfect apartment complex, it’s important to keep your safety in mind. Being in an apartment building in the city creates a lot of risks, both from intruders and from other tenants. We’ve put together some tips to follow while you’re thinking “apartments” that will help you be as safe as possible in your new crib.
When you’re looking for apartments…
1. Take note of what the facilities are like.
Does the building look like it’s kept in good repair? Do you get the impression that it’s taken care of? If the complex looks like it’s well tended-to, that’s a sign that the landlord is concerned with maintenance and upkeep. And if the landlord cares about maintenance, they’ll probably be quicker to fix things that provide safety, like lights and smoke alarms.
Speaking of lights, take note of how well-lit the building is, especially places like entrances, the parking lot or deck, and the elevators. Burglars tend to lurk in the shadows, and good lighting helps keep them at bay. Does the complex you’re considering offer sufficient lighting?
2. Check out the entryways.
If you need a key, fob, code, or buzzer to get into the building itself, that’s an added safety measure. This will help keep people who aren’t supposed to be there out of the building. It will also give you more peace of mind.
Don’t forget to look at the access to the pool, laundry, and gym areas. Do you need a code or fob to get into these places? They should also be protected from unwanted visitors.
3. Do your research.
What’s the neighborhood like? Hit the Internet to find out what the crime statistics for the area are. You can also get in touch with the local police department to find out what they have to say. It’s important to be aware of how safe your potential new neighborhood is.
4. Observe smoke detector prevalence (and whether or not they’re functional.)
Each bedroom in the unit should have its own smoke detector, and there should be one in the common space. Smoke detectors are a big part of making sure that your apartment will be safe.
5. Consider scoping out the place at night.
It might look lovely during the day, but it’s also important that you feel okay there at night. Consider taking a friend and seeing what it’s like after dark. Again—take a friend for safety. The buddy system is a solid plan.
After you’ve made the place your own…
1. Make sure the locks have been changed.
Ask your landlord if it’s okay if you have new locks put on the door. If they say that they’ve already changed the locks, ask if the “new” lock is just an old one from another unit. If it is, make sure to get a new new lock.
2. Install a deadbolt and peephole.
If your new place doesn’t already have a peephole and a deadbolt, ask your landlord if it’s okay if you have them installed. A deadbolt adds security to the door, and a peephole lets you control who you let into your apartment.
3. Get a security system.
You can find a security system company that will install at apartments, and you’ll most likely be able to find one that will work with you if you need to move before your contract expires. Do some research to find a reputable company that will fulfill your needs in a security system.
4. Trip out the windows.
Make sure all your windows are extra secure. Get good blinds that prevent people from seeing anything inside your apartment. Ask your security company for extra window stickers that you can plaster in visible places. The sticker is a deterrent for burglars.
5. Install a security bar on sliding doors.
Sliding doors need a little boost to make sure they’re safe. Bolster your sliding door with a security bar.
6. Get renters’ insurance.
Renters’ insurance protects your belongings in case anything were to happen to them. If you’re the victim of a fire or theft, you want to make sure you’re covered. You might be surprised to find out that your landlord’s policy won’t cover your belongings, so talk to them to see what the situation is with their policy. Shop around for a renters’ policy to make sure that you have the coverage you need. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
There are lots of benefits to living in an apartment, but it’s important to make sure that you’re safe. When you’re looking for an apartment, keep safety in your mind. It’s important that you feel secure and comfortable where you live.
And with your new apartment, you might need some renter’s insurance to protect your belongings. If you want to get a free quote, let us know! We can help you with any of your insurance needs.