Finding a rental that ticks all of the boxes in terms of your needs and wants, and that fits in with your budget can prove to be a tricky undertaking. The good news is that it is indeed possible if you know how to approach the process strategically. Here is a list of four top tips for finding the right home to rent.
Know what you are looking for
Speaking of needs and wants, it helps to know exactly what you are looking for before commencing your search. Write down a list of the necessities that the rental property absolutely has to have, along with a separate list of other features that would be nice to have but that aren’t critical to your lifestyle. Bring both lists with you whenever you go to view a listing and tick the different items off as you go.
Use the resources available to you
The easiest way to find appropriate listings based on the area in which you are keen to stay is to access property websites. These property websites make it possible for you to include filters in your searches to find precisely what you require, whether it is a single room for rent in Accra, Ghana or a four-bedroom house in Chicago. Also, familiarize yourself with what makes a reputable, worthwhile listing. Along with the rental price and the location, a good quality listing should include multiple photographs of the property, a description of the property, a comprehensive list of amenities and features, and the landlord or agent’s contact information.
Do your sums
Having a good idea of what rental properties fall within your price range will make the search for your new home endlessly easier! So, do your sums and take into consideration that most experts in the real estate industry recommend spending no more than 30% of your net monthly income on rent.
Look at the landlord
Don’t fall in love with the property before meeting your potential landlord first! Ultimately, no matter how idyllic the home may be, dealing with a control freak or (on the opposite side of the spectrum) an inattentive landlord can seriously hinder how happy you can be.
Along with meeting the landlord face to face, there are a few red flags to watch out for beforehand. For example, if the landlord is renting without the help of an agent, how long does it take them to respond to your request for a viewing? Are they accommodating and willing to answer your questions? How strict are they about vetting you as a potential tenant? You may find the latter slightly annoying, but the more stringent they are about finding a good tenant, the greater the chances of them going out of their way to assist in keeping the property in good condition.
Finding the ideal rental property can be challenging, especially if you are on a tight budget or are looking for something extremely specific. The good news is that the aforementioned tips should help to steer you in the right direction right from the beginning. Good luck!
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