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Tips For Renters Part 5

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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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

We hope you enjoyed our series on how to successfully conquer moving into a rental. Don’t forget to go back and read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.  Leave us a comment and let us know what we missed! What else have you found to be good planning for this kind of move?

Tips For Renters Part 4

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Let’s keep up the good work and continue leaning how to be a savvy renter. Find here the next four pieces of advice for living happily in the home your rent!

  1. You might want to ask about the size and efficiency of the water heater. For a single person it isn’t likely to be important. But if you have a family and the water heater is small and ineffective, you might end up with a lot of dirty kids, heaped laundry and messy dishes on a daily basis.
  2. Find out if there is a washer and dryer, or hook ups. You will need to provide your own machines if there are only hook ups. (There are always used ones available on Craigslist.) It’s also good to confirm that the laundry facility is in the apartment. Older communities still have shared laundry facilities that are used by all of the residents.
  3. If you want to run any kind of business out of the home you rent, give careful consideration. Some leases don’t allow it. Especially if there’s any potential liability. They might evict you for breaking the lease if you operate a business on the property without permission.  At a minimum,  you might be required to take out a renter’s insurance policy with a broader scope of coverage than is standard.
  4. Remember personal safety. Ask where the fire extinguisher is, check batteries on smoke alarms, and ask if a carbon monoxide detector can be installed if there isn’t one. Check out all of the doors and window to ensure they are properly installed and can be completely secured, to deter intruders. Find the fire exits, and be especially inquisitive about them in a finished basement. Even if a basement if beautifully finished, it doesn’t offer the same ease of exit as the main part of the home. If you’re going to live in a multi-level apartment complex or a home with windows higher than you care to jump out of, buy an escape ladder. They’re specially made to hang out the window and so you can get to the ground safely if you need to evacuate through a window.

Next read guidelines #17-20. Leave us a comment with a funny story about running out of hot water in the house!

Tips For Renters Part 2

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#5-8  Advice on pests, parking, furniture and appliances, home improvements.

Continuing our series, find here the next five pointers on how to successfully rent a space and live there happily! Don’t forget to go back and read Part 1 of Tips For Renters!

  1. Ask about pest control.  Many landlords will cover the cost of pest control because it is in the best interest of the property. But if they don’t, you could end up with a costly problem. You don’t want to end up sharing a bed with 16 spiders. Also ask about wildlife in the area if you have small children or pets.
  2. Inquire about parking. Is there a garage or car port to protect your vehicle from the elements? Or, is it street parking? Are spaces reserved or first come first serve? Find out if parking is an additional cost. Once you know how parking is handled, make a mental note of the furthest potential distance between your car and your potential home. Is it a long way, and does it include stairs or an elevator? You’ll be making the walk on a daily basis so give it thought.  If it’s the dead of winter or your carrying eight bags of groceries, two blocks will feel like a mile and stairs will feel like a form of punishment.
  3. Before visiting properties, make a list of large items you own so can determine if they will fit. Places often seem bigger or smaller than they really are. Once you know, you can plan to sell anything that won’t fit before you move so that you don’t have to move it.
  4. Determine home improvement changes you may want to make so you can ask if they are allowed. A lot of landlords these days are totally open to cosmetic changes such as flooring, paint, and fixtures as long as you pay for them and get permission first. Some landlords will even deduct the cost from the rent in exchange for you coordinating the upgrade. If you decide to paint, schedule a time prior to your move-in to do so. It is far easier to paint an empty room! To get the most out of your investment, choose upgrades that are easily removed and transported to your next home. For example, light fixtures, bathroom hardware, and temporary flooring.

Next read guidelines #9-12.  Leave us a comment telling us the most awesome rental fix-up idea you ever used to improve your space!