As we all know, renting (or buying) real estate can create a load of stress. Hopefully, these tips can help take that load off, by letting you know you are getting a great place! This is part 2, so make sure you check out part 1 for more!
#1. Check All Outlets and Switches
This is one that can seem a little tedious or awkward. However, it can be very simple. Just bring along a charger or something small that you can use to test the outlets. Then after entering or before leaving each room, check all the light switches. Doing this, can save you so much time in the future from having to call a maintenance man or landlord. Have confidence while checking. This shows you know what you’re looking for and won’t be easily tricked.
#2. Take Pictures During Your Walk Through
For organizational purposes, this can be great. Especially, when looking at multiple places at once. After a while, they can all blur together. So, taking pictures of each of the places you look at can be a real help. Make sure you get some shots of your favorite parts of a unit as well. Looking back at the pictures, you might have forgotten about the fireplace, vaulted ceilings, or crown molding. This will help you make sure to get a place you love.
#3. Check For A Washer and Dryer
When renting, there will either be a community laundry facility, an in-unit washer-dryer, or no washer-dryer. I don’t know about you, but I like having clean clothes. This is definitely something you’ll want to ask about. Try to be honest with yourself as well about what you want.
If you are okay with a laundry facility, you will save on water, but will have to pay to use the machines. If you have them in-unit, your water bill will be higher. If there are no machines, you’ll have to either buy your own or find somewhere else to wash your clothes. Know what you’re comfortable with, and find something that matches that.
#4. Ask About Parking
For each rental property (or for sale property) parking can be different. Some have a parking garage, some have parking lots, and some you’ll have to park on the street. You might not think this is a huge deal, but when it’s cold and snowing and you have to walk 3 blocks to get inside, you’ll feel different.
Remember to think about parking fees also. A lot of times, places will have free parking, but if you want a covered spot that’s just yours, you’ll have to pay. At an apartment complex I used to live in, it was $15 a month to get a covered space, but $15 adds up after a while. Before saying you want to pay for parking, think about if there is anything else you’d rather pay for with that money.
#5. Be Prepared For All Moving Expenses
I don’t want to freak you out, but be prepared to spend some money on moving costs. Depending where you are moving and how many things you need moved, will determine how much it will all cost. Just consider the cost of a moving truck, boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. If you really don’t like packing, you could hire a professional moving company, but that will cost a lot more. The cheapest way to move is definitely doing it yourself.
If you have a friend or family member with a truck, you could ask to borrow it from them. It’s even better, if you know someone with their own trailer. Going to your local store can help save on costs also. A lot of times stores will give you their extra boxes when you ask. There are so many more ways to help save on costs of moving, but hopefully these few suggestions helped.
#6. Make Sure You Have It In Writing
Before renting, don’t be afraid to ask your landlord questions. Ask about utilities, maintenance, and anything you might want to know. However every question you ask, write down what you said and their answer. Then when you receive the lease, look for those answers in it. You don’t want to find yourself needing something, but won’t receive it because it’s not in the lease. Even if they said it to you before, nothing counts unless it’s in the lease.
I hope this was able to help you. Feel free to share your own stories or advice in the comments. We love to hear from you!