Apartment Rental Checklist: A Cheat Sheet for Apartment Searching

As the tail end of summer gets closer and the kids are getting ready to get back to school, the end of August is also a popular time for the expiring of apartment leases.


This also means that new leases will be signed by those moving into a new apartment come September.


In the past, we've offered tips and tricks to consider when looking for a unit, decorating your apartment, finding a roommate, among other topics. Now, we've put together a cheat sheet for you to bring with you as you begin to search for your new home.


This apartment rental checklist will cover the basics and also force you to take a step back and look at the big picture (such as prioritizing needs versus wants).


Without further ado, let's jump into it.




Proximity to work/schools

⏭ Public transportation accessibility & routes (if needed)

⏭ Safety of neighbourhood

Additional attractions/amenities nearby (restaurants, grocery stores, etc.)

⏭ Immediate surroundings (neighbours, additional noise sources, etc.)




Clean lobby and hallways

Elevator (if required)

Safe, maintained stairwells

Garbage disposal

Clean, maintained laundry room





Overall cleanliness of the unit

Overall size

Bathroom size & amenities

Working windows, doors, faucets, plumbing

Kitchen size

⏭ Sufficient space for your needs

⏭ Number of bedrooms

Outlets (bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom)

Inspect ceiling and floors for leaks or other potential damage

⏭ Balcony access/size/view

Look for anything else that may require attention before move-in




Fitness centre

⏭ Pool

⏭ Community room

⏭ Indoor/outdoor lounge




The least-fun part of searching and finding an apartment you love is all of the paperwork that comes with it. However, it's an important part of the transaction, and you're going to need to be prepared once you've found the one you love. Make sure to have (or be prepared to get) at least the following:


⏭ Bank Statements

⏭ Personal Identification

⏭ Referral/Recommendation Letters

⏭ Social Insurance Number (SIN)

⏭ Fully Completed Application

⏭ Credit History


This simple apartment rental checklist will help you keep track of what is important to you when searching for an apartment in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, or Cambridge. The ideal apartment will have everything you both need and want. However, it's important to identify things that are a priority to you.


For example, how important is having a pool and a big kitchen if it is a longer commute to your work/children's school? Or, are you willing to sacrifice a large balcony with a terrific view of the city in order to get a dual-sink bathroom?


These are just a few examples of some of the considerations you will need to think about when hunting for an apartment. The more prepared you are, the easier the process will become. This checklist will help you get a head start on the overall process in what is an exciting time - finding a new home!


Are you looking for an apartment in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge? Check out one of our many apartments in the city and get in touch with our team today! We'd love to help you find your new home.