Light deprivation can definitely be a form of torture so make sure you will get enough—and not just from fluoro lights, your $20 disco ball, a wave light from the local market or the TV! Real light!
You will enjoy your place so much more if it gets a bit of sunlight in to warm it up; real light also makes a place feel heaps cosier.
Does the place smell as if Peppy the Pooch had a free run in there for the past five years? Worse—does it smell as if he died there? Peppy might have had fleas too—if you’re not sure, then give this one a miss. Better to be dousing yourself with suntan lotion than calamine lotion.
Neighbours and noises
What about the neighbours? Maybe you’re not going to spend enough time there to actually become best friends with them but try to find out as much as you can. On your visits to check the place out, listen for noise, arguments or trumpet lessons coming from next door.Of course, if they have great taste in loud music it maybe won’t matter. Could save you some money on the latest CDs. But sometimes you might want to study or even sleep . . .
If you are interested in a place why not go back to get a night view. Look at things like the street’s safety and the parking situation. Look at street lighting and how well lit the entrance to your place is. Are there lots of dark shrubs right near your front door? Does it look safe? Who’s hanging around after dark? It’s too late once you’ve signed the lease to find out your front fence is the meeting place of the local gang.