Make sure you know what you are looking for. Find your necessities that you cannot go without, but also make sure you know which are more important to you. Never feel like you’re being needy.
Be mindful of your budget.
We may all want the nicest and newest place, but can we afford it? A good budget would reflect rent being only 1/3 or less of your monthly income. Don’t overpay for a rental when you could be putting that aside for buying!
Ask your local community for advice.
No one knows better than the ones who have experience. Ask your family/friends/and local community for help! A great way to learn about rentals are from Pages on Facebook that are directly for renting!
Find the perfect location for you.
Find a place close to work or school. It’s always a good thing to be able to access the shopping and restaurant options around town, but you’ll find it better to get more sleep or easier commute to the places you go more often.
Always view the unit before.
Although there may be descriptions and pictures, the best way to know if the unit is for you is to simply see it. The rooms might be large in pictures, but tiny in real life. There is nothing worse on move in day then your couch being too big for the living room or bed too big for the bedroom.
Make sure to check all of your options.
It is very easy to fall in love with the first cute place you see. You should always look at a couple more options before committing. Don’t let your excitement get in the way of your judgement.
Find a reliable rental company.
This is one of the most important parts of the process. This is the person you will be paying rent to. Make sure to always ask them about maintenance in the home, fees they have, and you should always check out reviews (Facebook is a perfect place for this)!
Find a lease length that suits you.
Make sure you know how long you will need the apartment. Once you sign a lease for a certain amount of time, you will be responsible to pay until it expires. Don’t get caught up signing a longer lease for cheaper rent.
Ask an agent to explain the lease.
There are a lot of legal terms that most people don’t understand. Ask your agent to explain the lease for you. It never hurts to ask questions and be educated on your living arrangements.
Always be aware of what you are signing.
Always be knowledgeable of what you have signed and agreed to. Learning your rental companies policies may be a pain, but it will be worth it in the end.
Article written by: Ben Pace
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