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Your Questions About Apartment Ratings

May 8, 2012

Jenny asks…

Should I pay attention to apartment ratings that have a low percentage?

I’ve been looking at some of apartments and some of the ones have less than 15% of people that recommend them. Also these apartment reviews mention things such as break-ins, insects inside apartment, and bad maintenance. The insects and maintenance I could judge for myself but I’m concerned when people are talking about a lot of break-ins and there is a very low rating. Should this be a red flag?

Administrator answers:

I would ignore it all. Disgruntled, evicted, dead beats are the ones that post. Normal people rarely seek out websites to post about where they live.

Mary asks…

is apartment ratings a place for tenants to complain?

i really want to know if this a website tenants go to vent out their problems because things didn’t go their way im moving into my apartment tomorrow and i read about it several times and didn’t pay it know mind but now im wondering if all the bad stuff im reading is true?

p.s. i spoke to a couple of neighbors and they said its quiet and they never had a problem im just confused please help

Administrator answers:

An angry person is always more likely to go online and leave a bad review than someone who had good (or “just fine”) experiences. If you have talked to people there that said it was quiet and everything was fine, then it definitely could have just been bad tenants who were misbehaving or very picky and just wanted to complain.

Steven asks…

When searching for an apartment do you look at ratings online?

It just seems that people always write the bad and never the good, even at the apartment that I live right now, its not bad here just the normal apartment problems but when you look at online ratings everyone is saying only the bad things never anything good. Should I even look at them?

Administrator answers:

I usually use http://www.sabqat.com to find properties , it do not have ratting system.

George asks…

Any one know of any good websites for apartment reviews and ratings?

Moving to lafayette La and im trying to find a good apartment any pointers?

Administrator answers:

Apartmentratings.com

Call an apartment locator in the area. It ALWAYS a free service. Never pay for an apartment locator. The apartment complex pays the locator a small fee if you move in.

Carol asks…

Anyone know any good places to find apartment ratings?

I already looked at apartmentratings.com and apartmentreviews.net….Any other good places to look for a ratings?

Administrator answers:

The only other suggestion I have would be to check out local community blogs such as livejournal or the discussions on craigslist.org

Linda asks…

Can you really depend on apartment ratings for advice on apartments or is a lot of it lies?

Administrator answers:

Because renting an apartment is such a personal thing, nothing beats a visit to the apartment yourself. You would be the best judge if an apartment is right for you regardless of its ratings or lack thereof.

Charles asks…

What’s a good website to look at apartment ratings?

Administrator answers:

Www.apartmentratings.com
While most of the accounts sound true, some people only go to these sites to “bash” a community because of a bad isolated personal experience they had.
Suggestions:
Before I sign a lease, I go to the community morning, day, and evening to see whats going on in the community. Also, on your way in or out, ask two or three of the residents that actually live there how they would rate the apartment.

Paul asks…

Apartment ratings on Yelp or ApartmentGuide?

I’ve been looking around for an apartment, and when I looked at Yelp or ApartmentGuide, it seems like all the ratings for all the apartments are horrible.

I wonder if I should take them seriously (like with restaurant ratings – which are mostly accurate) or with a grain of salt. Do the people who rate tend to be the rare truly dissatisfied bunch? Or, is it kind of like the ratings for car dealerships, where everyone expects too much?

It seems like my family and friends who have lived in apartments always seem to have excellent relationships with the management and don’t have problems. Is it that I’m looking at the wrong apartments, or is there a strong low-rating bias in reviews?

Administrator answers:

I think when it comes to apartments, people only tend to complain when they are unhappy. If you had everyone who was also very pleased with where they lived posting, it would be a different story.

Also remember that a good portion of the time, the person complaining has done something wrong and is retailiating – they have been late, had lease violations, or they pay $200 a month and expect $2000 a month level of living. Also you will find ex-employees on there posting nasty things for retaliation too.

I don’t pay attention to either of these sites. If you want a good opinion, go to the community you want to live and walk around and talk to the residents one on one. You’ll get a much better picture.

Thomas asks…

What are your ratings for Sims Seasons and Sims Apartment Life?

Do you like the games listed up above? Also, rate them out of ten please! 10 being the best! What is your favorite expansion pack too!?!?

Administrator answers:

Seasons 9/10
Apartment Life 8/10

Oh to answer the other question I love all of the sim expansions. My personal fav is bon voyage.

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