Columbia Skyline

What to Look For in a Property

Questions to ask yourself...


  • What is the rent?
  • How many bedrooms? Who owns the property? Where is it?
  • When is it available?
  • How flexible is the move-in date?
  • How long has the building been on the market?


  • Who are the other tenants in the area?
  • Have there been any crimes/fires in the area lately?
  • Are there laundry facilities in the apartment or around the area?

+The Unit

  • How big are the bedrooms? How many rooms total? How many closets?
  • Is there additional storage space?
  • Is there carpeting? A dishwasher? Cable and/ or internet hook-up?
  • Is the apartment furnished? If so, does this include all the rooms? Does the unit contain lead paint?


  • Who handles maintenance problems? Is there 24 hour emergency service?
  • Does the landlord or maintenance person live on the premises?
  • What is the process to get something repaired/replaced?

+Application Lease

  • Is a lease required?
  • If so, is it long-term or month-to-month? What move-in cost is required?
    • First month’s rent
    • Last month’s rent
    • Security deposit
  • Is a credit check required? Is a co-signer required?
  • Can the landlord accept a foreign co-signer?


  • What utilities are included with the rent?
  • What is the average cost for the utilities the tenants have to pay? Is subletting  allowed?
  • Are pets allowed?


  • How close is public transit?
  • Is parking available? How much is it? What is the commute to school/work like?

Information Provided By: University of Missouri Off-Campus Student Services