Tips For First Time Renters
Making the big adult decision to go off on your own and rent a house can make anyone nervous. Below are things to look for and be aware of when being a first time renter.
The most important one for getting started is, KNOW YOUR BUDGET. You want to be in that house for a while so do not go broke because you did not budget. Find out what your top number is to be comfortable and look for houses a little less then that.
Do not know the area? Find a real estate agent! They are there to help you find a place along with the process of renting it. Realtors will walk you through the homes as well as advise you on the paperwork. Most real estate agents are also good at recommendations on the area so they can give you tips on the town.
Never sign a lease without reviewing it. Get to know the fees that may occur or any of the rules the property owners set. Look at how they handle to notice of termination, or if they even have a notice of termination.
Another important thing under knowing your budget is to get renters insurance! Most properties require renters insurance, but it will benefit you immensely to have it. You will never know how much you need it until you are in a situation and do not have it.
A final note and crucial thing for renters and property owners is to get everything in writing. there should never be a misunderstanding if everything is laid out in writing. Make copies of any communication that is important and keep it just in case.