In this final installment of our series we wrap up with our last four pointers on how to successfully rent a space and live there happily!
- Here’s a really IMPORTANT piece of advice. Walk around the property you’re considering and try using your cell phone. Many, many people have rented a place only to find out that they can’t talk on the phone at home. Imagine going outside for reception every time you need to make a call!
- Ask about noise transfer between the walls, ceilings and floors. If you love your music to be loud or you watch movies and play games with surround sound, you might end up in trouble pretty fast if the walls are thin. If you practice bowling in your living room, your downstairs neighbor might not be too happy. Conversely, if you are sensitive to noise or sleep during the day, thin walls and ceiling will become the bane of your existence.
- Consider the climate where you live. All homes are heated, but many don’t have central air conditioning. Think about the activity in your home. If, say, you do fitness in your home, you would absolutely need A/C in July when the heat is at its summer apex. For cold weather management, also inquire about insulation. It will cost considerably more to heat a rental home that is not insulated. Same with vaulted ceilings. They’re pretty but they don’t trap heat very well and can exponentially increase your heat bill.
- Last, but not least, be careful about impulse renting. Amenities, price and locations are just a few of the distractions that can cause you to sign a lease too soon. Take into consideration EVERYTHING that is important to you and choose wisely. Once the lease is signed, you’re committed!