Looking for a place to rent can be hard or easy. It all depends on how prepared you are. Renting homes has pitfalls what you need to do is ensure you don’t fall into one. These days knowledge is power so be smart and find out all you can about renting a home, what to be wary about, how to protect yourself, and more.
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Here are six essential keys to renting a home successfully:
1. Jot down what you want in a home. Narrow down details like number of rooms, area, flat, or individual house and so on.
2. Get all your documents in order: credit report, letter of intent, bank records, references, and letter from your previous landlord as well as employer. If you are a student you will need a letter from your university.
3. Take along a checklist whilst doing a walkthrough. Be sure to check for secure windows and doors, leakages, infestations, damp, storage and so on.
4. Check carefully the lease agreement and ensure that aspects like visitors, subletting, breakages, breaking a lease, and paying of utilities are very clear. Responsibilities must be clearly delineated.
5. Ask for references and check out the suitability of the location and building.
6. Find out whether schools, hospitals, and so on are close by and ensure that transportation to your place of work is available.
When renting a home keep in mind security and ensure that all electrical appliances like heater, air conditioners, refrigerators and so on are in working condition. It is always advisable to have a professional inventory before leasing and just before you leave. This prevents any disagreement with the landlord over the condition of things.
Clarify whether or not you will be permitted to change the locks on the doors and ask who will be responsible for any repairs that may be needed. Ask yourself the following questions:
o If the flat or home in a quiet or noisy area?
o Are you comfortable with the neighborhood. What kind of community is it? Check it out sometimes you may find yourself living among all retired folks or college students.
o Is transport available 24/7. And what about daily necessities?
o What about parking facilities?
o Is there a playground close by?
o What about costs of heating and cooling, is the house eco-friendly?
o What is the overall condition of the area and building you are considering?
o Is the deposit, rent, and cost of utilities within your budget?
Even if you are considering a short term lease view the flat or house like you would a property you plan to invest in.
Renting is not hard if you go about it in an organized professional way. If you have any doubts consult friends or a professional property consultant. Often the cost will be worthwhile in the long run.