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12 Tips for Knowing When to Walk Away from the “Perfect” Place

Hey, this article from reads like a list of the things that will happen to you if you don’t rent a Horicon apartment from Decker Properties. This is some scary stuff, so we’ll only frighten you with items 1-6 for now. Come back next time for items 7-12.

Horicon Apartment could look like this

Halle & Jeff’s East Village Apartment

A few years back, I had an appointment to view an apartment that sounded PERFECT. A view of the Puget Sound, hardwood floors, two entrances, with a second floor deck (high enough to be safe from break-ins, but low enough to escape from a fire), in the lovely neighborhood of Queen Anne, Seattle.

When I entered the apartment, however, things changed: roach motels in every room, cigarette butts in a messy apartment, incredibly low water pressure when I turned on the faucets, and cracked windows. I was so desperate at the time that I nearly filled out an application. I’m so glad I didn’t, because over the years I have learned a few things about living in an apartment building, and what a person should be expected to deal with.

1. Location.

Location isn’t everything when it comes to searching for a rental. Sometimes you end up paying way more for a convenient, but fancier, neighborhood, without the high quality amenities that should be expected with a high rent. Sometimes, you can live much more comfortably with a short bus ride into work. Balance time vs. cost to find the best location for you.

2. Look for signs of a pest problem.

The roach hotels were a red flag for me, but for different reasons than you might think. I’ve lived in apartments with mice and roaches (I didn’t enjoy it), but Seattle really doesn’t have a roach problem, so it was important to note that this building was not the norm.


A Horicon apartment at Washington Heights wouldn’t have these problems. Neither will our new Madison apartments at Catalina Crossing. Call us at (262) 785-0840 for other great Wisconsin apartment locations.