Great, you have found a house for rent that you absolutely love, and it is within your budget. It is now time to go and inspect the property and the area. What do you need to do? Let me explain in this article for you!
Firstly, you are going to need to do a bit of research into the area. To be honest, unless you are very strict in your budget when searching for a house to rent I never suggest that you look into a specific area before determining whether it is going to be suitable for you or not. Factors you need to consider include:
- If you have a family, is the property located within a ‘family friendly’ area? For example, what are the crime levels like? How about the closeness to schools? How good are the schools going to be?
- How close are you going to be to work? If you are not going to be close to work, how far away is it? Will you need to use public transport? If so, how good is going to be?
- Closeness to supermarkets and shopping etc.
- General beauty of the area.
Of course, you will need to consider all of the things about the area which are important to you. However, you do need to be aware that the ‘better’ the area, the more the rent is going to cost, so don’t set your sights too high if you have a limited budget!
Once you have selected a house, get in touch with the owner of the property and talk to them. You will be able to tell a lot about the owner’s temperament by having a good chat with them. After all, you don’t want to work with a landlord that may end up being a nightmare in the future right?
Once you have a property you like, and a landlord that seems as though they wouldn’t be too bad to work with, you can go and inspect the property! You will want to be on the lookout for general wear and tear within the property, and see if there is any damage to it. To be honest, nowadays, the majority of properties are in good condition. However, you will want to make a note of any damage, and take a photograph if possible, that way if you do end up renting the property, you won’t be blamed for the damage!
Don’t forget to read through that contract in depth. Find out who has the responsibility for repairing the property in the future, how often the rent will increase etc. Never sign anything if you don’t understand what it means!
Remember, to have the best chance of finding the perfect house for rent, you should always use a reputable website. Not only are the best homes going to be posted on these, but you tend to have a much greater selection which is certainly going to be for your benefit!
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