Renting Tips

The most important thing to remember is to give yourself plenty of time to find the right place, don’t rush into anything because once you have a contract it can be a mess to get out of.

Then you must remember not to let anyone talk you into something you feel uncomfortable with. Don’t sign up for a year lease if you aren’t sure you plan to be in the area for more than 6 months. Stick to your guns and make sure you get what you really want, you’re the customer and the “customer is always right” like they say in fast food.

Always read the fine print! Sometimes there are extra costs or restrictions that they don’t really tell you about and once you sign there’s no going back!

It’s always a good idea to look up basic landlord and tenant laws so that you know the rules before you start playing the game.

Don’t try and change the stars! You know what your budget is so don’t push the limits. It is important to give yourself plenty of leeway in case something comes up not to mention you need to eat, get around, and still be able to do something fun every once-in-a-while. It is also a good idea to have enough money saved away to pay a few months’ rent just in case you or a roommate get laid off or have some sort of emergency.  Remember to check and see if utilities and garbage are included because it may change the amount you are able to spend on rent.

Remember that the first month’s rent is going to be more expensive because it will either include the last month’s rent or some sort of security deposit.

Do you have a pet? Remember to ask about pets and pet deposits because you don’t want to waste a bunch of time looking into a place just to find out at the last minute that they don’t allow animals.

Have proof of income ready before your start making appointments so that you don’t have to rush to put it together. It will keep you from being stressed out and make your renters thing you are more responsible.

Roommates are tricky because living with people can be hard even if it is your best friend. Remember to set down the ground rules before you commit to living with others. You should also sit down and create some sort of chore system, I know it seems silly but it will prevent a lot of arguing and irritation on all sides.

When looking at an apartment make sure to ask if the unit your seeing is the exact one you’de be living in. If they tell you “Yours is being worked on” it’s because it looks nothing like the one your looking at. Complexes will often have a unit that they don’t rent out but instead use as a show unit. This one will be much nicer i.e. have better fixtures, cleaner carpets, etc. The actual unit you move into may not be as nice as the one they show you. Demand to see the real unit

Check to see that your phone gets reception. Most overlook this until it’s too late and spend the rest of their lease walking outside every time they want to place a call.

Be meticulous in your move-in inspection. Note every single bit of damage and every stain no matter how small. It’s a good idea to even take pictures. This is important because they can and will charge you for everything that’s wrong with the unit upon your move out. Whether it was there before you got there or not.


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