Before making your decision to rent a property, carefully consider which amenities are necessary, which amenities are optional, but highly desired, and how much you’re willing to pay for these amenities. Remember, too, quality of life might not have a clear price tag.
There is rarely a shortage of apartments to rent in the Albany, New York area. That goes without saying. But making a final decision on an apartment after what can seem like an endless and stressful process might just come down to amenities.
Amenities can often be the deciding factor for many renters. The available amenities may make a less affordable property more appealing and actually give more bang for your rental buck.
Amenity Needs, Wants, and Added Value
Many of the amenities offered by rental properties are not exactly necessary to live, but there are some amenities which some renters would not consider renting a property without. A fitness room is one such example. And while this is certainly not necessary, many renters prefer having this option onsite, without the added cost of a gym membership, travel and time expenses.
Some renters may even consider only renting an apartment in a facility that has a swimming pool — again this goes back to quality of life. Sure you can get a pool-only membership elsewhere, but the added monthly costs might not be something someone is willing to tack on to their regular bills. A pool at the rental property is certainly a plus.
Are You Paying Too Much for Amenities?
While some amenities may be viewed as necessary and others may merely be viewed as nice to have, the most important decision renters will have to make is how much they are willing to pay for these amenities. Style, comfort, amenities and location all need to be factored into a rental decision.
A Short List of the Amenities At Stonegate:
Quality Design and Construction
→ Durable Hardie Board siding
→ Oversized windows
→ 8’ slider leading to private balcony
→ Energy efficient furnace/AC and hot water tank
→ Sound proof flooring between apartments
→ Nine foot ceilings
→ Tray ceilings in penthouse units
→ Key Fob security system
→ Heated garage w/elevator service
→ Back-up generator and sprinkler system
→ Secure access entry
→ Master BR suite w/large walk-in closet and custom shelving
→ Laundry room w/storage and full size washer/dryer in each unit
→ Custom window blinds
→ Cut & Loop pin dot carpet throughout with upgraded padding
→ Programmable thermostat
→ Individual storage unit
→ Smoke and Pet Free Community
→ Stainless steel appliances
→ Granite countertops
→ 36” wood cabinets w/crown molding
→ Ceramic tile floor
→ Mirrored medicine cabinet
→ Oversize vanity w/granite countertop
→ Linen closet
→ Ceramic tile floor
→ Comfort height toilets
Electrical Fixtures and Features
→ Upgraded lighting package throughout
→ Turbo internet, basic cable and telephone jacks
→ Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in each unit
→ Professionally landscape grounds w/gas BBQ picnic areas
→ Private mail center in each tower
→ Centrally located refuse area w/compactor
→ In ground swimming pool available
→ Professional management and maintenance team
→ Community Center