The search for the perfect space in the right location and for a good price can be a big undertaking in today's market. Even when you are renting a home, you want to make sure that the home meets your needs in the time that you will be living there, whether it is one year or several years with a lease renewal each year. The following provides you with some tips to use in your evaluation and selection process to choose the right rental home for your needs.
Evaluate Shared Spaces
When you are looking to rent a home, there may come with it the opportunity for shared spaces with other tenants in the area. For example, if you are renting an apartment home or two bedroom townhome, there may be shared laundry facilities, a swimming pool, or an exercise room. You may also have an outdoor playground, tennis courts, a walking park, and a parking area that are all part of the property.
Be sure that you don't only evaluate the inside of the townhome, but look at the outside to see what condition the common areas are in and if they are kept up and provide you with the facilities you need. Tour through the property as well as the unit to inspect the cleanliness, state of repair, and overall condition of each area. For example, if there is a workout room, are there plenty of machines and equipment for all residents to use, or are there three to four machines?
Consider Property Maintenance
The condition of the property you are renting is going to be a big indicator of how well the management handles your concerns and requests to repair any issues. Walk through the rental home to look at the interior to see if it has been cleaned well. Also, look at the walls to see if they have been painted when needed or if there are scuffs and dents in the walls from prior tenants.
Check all the faucets, light fixtures, and other interior systems and kitchen appliances to make sure they work well. Turn on the air conditioner, for example, to make sure it cools the air. Is the furnace ready to go if you are moving in during the winter? Go into the basement to check the furnace filter or to look for signs of pests. Check for the window screens to make sure they are present and are not damaged or missing. Also, ask the property manager about how maintenance requests are fulfilled and how quickly.