Tips for the First-Time Renter
Often, first-time renters are let out to dry and figure out what they should be doing to rent a house.
Renting a house offers several benefits over renting an apartment.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beazley, REALTORS®, has a property management team with a combined experience of 35 years. Thus, we created a list of things you should know before you move out and start your new, independent life!
Location is Key
No matter what kind of rental property you’re looking at, you want to know how close it is to the things you’ll need the most. For example, how close are the nearest grocery store, nearest gas station, and nearest hair salon/barber? If you have kids, what is the closest school?
Think about it! You don’t want to travel too far to find the nearest place to pick up milk and get a haircut. If you do, that’s more miles on your car and more money for gas!
Try and pick a place that fits the kind of lifestyle you live. The rental property you choose determines a lot about your life. Pick wisely.
You Need Time to Search
Do not just pick the first place you visit. You want to look at every single property that fits your needs. Take the time to examine every property you tour carefully.
Don’t settle for the first thing that comes your way. If you do, you might end up regretting it later.
Ask Questions about the Rental Property
When viewing a rental property, you ask more than a couple of questions to make sure it will be the right fit for you. Ask about the time length for repairs, how often rent goes up, and if friends are allowed to stay over for a bit. You want to ensure you get clear answers to these questions, so you know where your landlord stands.
When you find a place to stay, you want to make sure you keep communication open with your landlord or property manager. That way, you get immediate assistance whenever you need it.
Pay Close Attention to Amenities
Sure, you want your apartment to look good. You also want to know the kind of amenities that come with it. Does it have a washer and laundry? Is it energy efficient or has a reliable air conditioner?
Are you viewing apartments? Do they have a laundry facility if they don’t have in-unit laundry machines?
You want to ensure the rental property you are considering has what you need. If the rentals don’t, you might want to consider other properties.
Consider Your Moving Budget
That’s right! Relocating can be a costly process in its own right. Plan a budget, so you know what you can afford and what you can’t. That way, you’re not overspending!
Be Aware of Pet Policies
If you have pets, you’ll want to ensure you are looking at rental properties that allow them! If you want pets but think you can hold off on getting one for a while, you might consider signing a short-term lease until you find another property that lets you get one.
Consider Getting a Roommate For Your Rental Property
If you’re moving alone, you should consider getting a roommate to help you make ends meet. Or, if your rent is going to be high and you have a significant other, you two might want to have this discussion with one another.
Consider the pros and cons of having a roommate. Also, consider your comfort level with having a roommate. If you think it’s not a good fit for you, it’s best not to get one.
Ask a professional
Moving out for the first time can be a hassle, especially since you must familiarize yourself with many things simultaneously. Hopefully, these tips will help you on your journey to independence.
And if you have any questions about renting properties, don’t hesitate to contact us.