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Glossary of Types of Apartments for Rent in Ottawa Looking through the apartment listings can be a pretty confusing experience. Just what are the differences between a junior one-bedroom and an alcove studio? A convertible three-bedroom and a flex two-bedroom? Knowing the layout of each type of apartment and what features each type contains will greatly improve your chances of finding the perfect apartment rental for your needs and lifestyle. Walk-Up Apartment / Low-Rise Apartment A walk-up or low-rise apartment is located in a building that does not have an elevator (which means it might be a bit more difficult when youre moving in). Walk-ups are usually older buildings that are less than five stories high and may not have a lot of amenities such as laundry rooms, storage lockers or wheelchair accessibility. Generally, monthly rent for a walk-up is less expensive than the monthly rent for a high-rise apartment. High-Rise Apartment A high-rise apartment is found in a building that is generally six or more storeys tall. High-rise apartment buildings have elevators and often have onsite laundry facilities, pools, fitness centres, comprehensive fire alarm systems, and security systems to monitor tenant entry and exit. In addition, many high-rise apartment buildings feature onsite management staff to assist you in the event of an emergency. Bachelor Apartment / Studio Apartment A great choice for students, a bachelor apartment (also called a studio apartment or an efficiency apartment) is a small one-room apartment with a separate bathroom. The one room serves as a bedroom, dining room and living room and is usually connected to an open kitchen. Bachelor apartments can range from very small (just big enough for a sofa-bed and a desk) to very large (with enough room for a king-size bed and a separate sitting area and dining area). An alcove bachelor (also called a convertible bachelor or convertible studio) is usually configured in an L-shape with a distinct area or nook for dining or sleeping. 1-Bedroom Apartments A one-bedroom apartment consists of a living room, kitchen, bathroom and a separate bedroom equipped with a built in closet. Occupancy may often be limited to two people. A junior one-bedroom usually implies an extra-large studio apartment that is large enough to section off a separate sleeping area or bedroom. 2-Bedroom Apartments A full two-bedroom apartment has two separate bedrooms in addition to a living room. It may or may not have a separate kitchen. Bedroom sizes can vary widely, from a babys room or small office to an extra-large master bedroom suite. A convertible two-bedroom apartment (sometimes called a flex 2) is actually a one-bedroom apartment, but it is large enough and laid out in such a way that a wall could be put up to create a second bedroom. Similarly, a convertible three-bedroom (or flex 3) is a two-bedroom apartment that can be converted into 3 bedrooms. A wing apartment usually has two bedrooms as well as a small common area such as an eat-in kitchen, but no living room. These apartments are ideal for students or roommates who dont require much in the way of common living space. Loft A loft can be classified as a big, open space with few internal walls. Usually the result from a commercial building having been converted into residential units, lofts generally have very high ceilings, extra-large windows and often have exposed plumbing pipes and columns. Penthouse Apartment A penthouse is an apartment on the top floor of an apartment building, usually featuring extra balconies or a rooftop deck. A penthouse is normally considered to be quite luxurious and is an extremely desirable (albeit expensive) place to live. Basement Apartment As the name implies, a basement apartment is located in the lowest storey of a building and is partially below ground level. Windows and proper ceiling height are enforced by city codes. This type of apartment can also refer to the basement on a house that has been converted to an apartment. This type of basement apartment may have its own separate entrance and may have its own bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and heating system separate from the rest of the house. Duplex Apartment A duplex is an apartment with two levels. This could include a true bi-level apartment with an enclosed upstairs and downstairs, or it could also be an open space with an extra-high ceiling and a loft or mezzanine. Railroad Apartment In a railroad apartment, there is no hallway. This type of apartment consists of a series of rooms that are connected to each other in a straight line (just like cars on a train), meaning a tenant will have to walk through each room to get from one end of the apartment to the other. Balcony / Terrace The terms balcony and terrace are often used interchangeably to indicate a railed platform extending from the outside of the apartment. It can be small enough to accommodate one or two people standing or large enough for a picnic table, lounge chairs and plants.
When you are finding an apartment, there are several amenities that you certainly look for such as: • A dishwasher • An in-unit dryer/washer • Being near to public transport. A checklist of such things eventually means that you might have to go through numerous apartments before finding the perfect one. However, if you perform your apartment search in the right manner, you can save plenty of time, energy & money. Here are some quick tips to have the most effective and efficient apartment search: Determine Your Budget: It can be quite easy to overlook the leasing price, when you see a nice apartment with spacious living room, lovely window views and ideal neighborhood. This is why its vital to determine your budget before you even initiate your search. Just take a moment and figure out the expenses that you can actually afford per month, taking into consideration all other expenditures such as: • Utilities • Groceries • Social activities • Gym membership etc. When you have a determined figure in mind, you wont put yourself in a situation of renting an apartment thats far beyond what you can actually afford. Apartment Search Time: The time of year when you search for a rental apartment can have a directly impact on what you end up paying for rent. During the summer months there may be a plenty of apartment rentals available, but rent will be quite high because thats the time when many individuals look for a house. Narrow Down Your Search: Its totally crucial to visit the apartment you are considering renting. Searching apartment online will certainly save plenty of time. A great thing about searching apartments online is that you can do the most of your apartment search without even leaving comfort of your house. Choose 3 or 4 apartments that are worth the trip and then plan a personal visit. Be Organized: Once you have looked at numerous apartments, they can all start to combine together & trying to keep track of all of the specifics (rental rates, amenities, contact information & security deposit amounts etc.) can get stressful. So do yourself a favor by making a quick spreadsheet. By preparing a data you can easily get necessary details immediately, like when you need to contact the landlord (to enquire something), then you will have all the info right where you require it and you can save yourself from wasting time to track it down. On the spreadsheet you can also keep side notes that you may want to remember about the apartment. Bring Your Roommate(s): In case you are planning to share apartment with your friends, its ideal to bring them along when you go to look a place. Viewing together at a rental apartment will certainly save lots of time. After viewing the apartment place, you can discuss about what you like & dont like. Transportation: Even if you do plan on having a car, utilizing public transport to run errands or to work can save you plenty of money in the long run. It is always ideal to consider proximity to public transport when looking for an apartment. Saving money on car maintenance, insurance and gas/fuel leaves more in your budget to dedicate to monthly lease and other expenditures. Energy Costs: Before signing any leasing agreement, ask the landlord about the average utility costs for the apartment. Its something thats certainly worth looking into, as this is an expenditure that can truly sneak-up on you. Ask for Special Discounts: Depending on the apartments you are seeing, there may be definite move-in discounts or special offers you can take benefit of. For example, if you decide to sign a longer lease then some landowners may offer your first month rent-free. Even if there are not any offers or discounts, it never hurts to enquire. Be Prepared to Negotiate: Once you have visited your top two or three apartments, you may try negotiating with the landowner of the place you are most heavily considering. When the landowner recognizes that you have other options available, they may be more eager to work with you on the monthly lease.
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