7 things you should know before you rent a house
This is because your home is your most comfortable environment, especially when moving to a new place. It is your go-to at the end of a bad day, and your go-to to begin the celebrations of something good.
For this reason, it is vital to have chosen a suitable home to stay in according to your requirements. You want your home to be a safe haven for you, and not another source of misery.
To make renting a house simpler, here are 7 things you should know
1. A good source to help you find homes
People are naturally wary of fraudulent brokers and realtors. No one wants to be stuck with a house in bad shape or in a bad locality.Moving for a new job? Your office colleagues or HR can help out in this case.Or you can always look at reliable property search sites such as 99acres and Housing.
2. Decide on the duration of your stay
If you’re moving for a period of only 6 months, then you probably don’t need to think about as many things as if you’re moving under a job contract of 2 years. Depending on the duration of your stay, a lot of decisions need to be made. Whether you want to rent furniture for your new home, or buy furniture so that you can take it along with you when you have to move out. What kinds of facilities you might be willing to do without for 6 months, that you won’t be willing to sacrifice if it was a 2 year period. Think of these factors and compare the expenditures involved between renting and buying furniture/appliances/a vehicle.
3. Know about the area beforehand
Look up about the locality and decide what you would like to have close to your home. A gym? A few good fast food delivery joints? Are you moving for work/education purposes? Maybe you’d like to be close to your office or school. Are you moving with your own vehicle? Or do you depend on public transport? If you use public transport often, you would like to be located near a bus stop or metro station. Consider these things about your daily life and choose a home in a suitable area.
4. Utility supply
Did your old home have a 24 x 7 electric supply? It’s very easy to overlook such things that are still a luxury in many areas. Water supply, connectivity, regular postal and courier services, all these are necessities to think about. Ask your broker or the homeowners about this. Ask how others in the area manage such problems.
5. Rent and security deposit
Find out the standard rates for rent and security deposit in the area. Choose what is affordable to you and do not go out of your set budget. Always ask for a written agreement for the transfer of funds such as your security deposit and rent. Make sure all such transactions are recorded.
Also, ask what utilities are included within the rent, and what bills will you have to handle yourself. Often, you will be expected to handle your own water, electricity, internet and such utility charges.
6. Repair/replacement of equipment and furniture
It is a common and despicable practice of landlords and brokers to rent out homes with improper facilities. And when you complain about them after having moved in, they impose these costs onto you. To avoid being deceived like this, check the house thoroughly before signing the agreement. Question the landlord as to whether he will have the house painted and the appliances replaced before handing the keys over to you.
7. Personal life in the house
Having your own house, you naturally want to decorate it and have your friends over some time. You’ll be surprised at how many landlords are not okay with such things. Especially when it comes to “bachelors” who have the most difficult finding a place for themselves anywhere. Ask the landlord about the amount of freedom you can exercise with regards to this.
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