When you are looking for a rented apartment in a good locality, the first thing you should do is give a call to a locator and discuss which locality can give you the maximum facilities as per your requirement. After you get the details of the communities, make sure you call them and talk over phone on the basis of which you can shortlist your preferred properties. Next, make a visit to the communities whose rent is within your budget. Here are some tips to choose a rented home.
- Ask questions about the community - When you call the leasing agents to inquire about the rented property, make sure you ask certain questions such as, whether or not they allow pets (if you have a pet), how many maximum number of occupants can be there at any point of time (it will be helpful when guests visit you), whether or not the water bill is included in the rent, security features, etc. Based on the answers, you can shortlist according to your priorities.
- Carefully observe the exterior - When you visit your shortlisted properties, do not forget to observe the exteriors of the community. You should carefully notice certain basic things like, whether or not it has a good landscape, whether balconies are neat or there are junks and trashes, whether or not the neighbors take good care of the properties, whether a non-handicapped vehicle is parked in the handicapped parking lot or not, etc. It will help you have an idea regarding the neighborhood. This is because, after you sign the lease, it'll be difficult to break the contract midway and search for a new rented home.
- Visit during night-time if possible - You can ask the leasing agents if they have provision for the future residents to visit the community after sundown. It will help you judge whether or not the community is well lit. Even if they cannot show you the apartment at nighttime, you can drive down to take a look at the community.
- Take a close look at the interiors - As soon as you enter the apartment, at first notice whether or not there's smelly interior, the main door should lock properly and there should be complete privacy at the apartment. Also check whether or not the amenities are there as promised to you. It will be better if you check the ovens and the washing machine, so that they're working properly. If they're not, tell the leasing agent to repair them before you shift to the apartment. If required, check the amenities again before you sign the lease agreement.
- Discuss with a knowledgeable person - After you have decided to stay in a property, if possible, take a knowledgeable friend with you who'll be able to guide you whether or not it'll be wise to rent the apartment. Make sure there's proper insulation in your chosen apartment so that the interiors don't get much affected by harsh winter and summer months.
Do not forget to ask for special promotions, if any. There's no harm in asking; always they can answer âno' if there are no special promotions going on. But, you may lose the chance if they offer certain discounts who ask for them. So, never make a mistake of not asking for discount rates and promotional offers.