Before moving into a new neighborhood or renting a new apartment, there are several things you should consider. These range from the composure with your roommate to your compatibility together. Apart from that, there are things that you should naturally consider when planning on renting or rent to own an apartment that contributes to both ones health and safety. In this article, we would consider some of the things to plan for before renting a home.
It is always wise to develop a rental checklist, look at the structure and layout of the area you are hoping to move to. Consider the area critically before appending your signature, check if it there are emergency services within walking distance from the building or apartment and, if you are not one given to loud music, ensure there are no loud musicians, bars or retail outlets around in order to help you make a better-informed decision.
Even if you opt for a developing area to lower your rental expense, be sure that essential commodities of daily use are easily accessible. Be clear on what you want and what the landlord expects. As a tenant you should question the landlord before finalizing on a house.
As soon as you move into the apartment, ensure to describe the shape, condition and report the defects on any of the fridge, freezer, washing machine, cooker, microwave, dishwasher, etc. If white goods are included in the inventory on the agreement, then it is advisable for the tenant should visually inspect them and get the landlord to confirm in writing that they all work satisfactorily.
One thing renters should take note of is to run the tap and determine whether the pressure of the water is up to your required pressure. When you first inspect a property, run the taps and the shower. If there's a problem with the water pressure, you can negotiate with the landlord before signing the agreement. If the tenant does not comprehensively inspect the property before entering into the agreement, they may not be able to resolve these problems later based on the legal document they are compelled to sign.
If there are tasks you want to landlord to do before you move in (for example, painting the front door or steam-cleaning the carpets), then it's a good idea to have them completed before you sign anything. Will he hire a painting contractor?
The most important thing is to make sure everything is done before you sign the tenancy agreement and before you have made any payments. It is not uncommon for tenants to assert that promises of this kind have been broken, and because tenants usually can’t supply evidence of the agreement when the landlord agreed to paint the apartment, they are still liable for their tenancy and rent.
Sometimes you can challenge terms and conditions you're not happy with, but this must be done before you sign the tenancy agreement. Where the landlord refuses to rectify those terms and conditions, it is important to refuse to sign the agreement than to sign and be stuck later.
Upon moving in; take note of any potential hazards or needed repairs. Reporting them with the proper documentation will ensure your not blamed in the future. So, enjoy your new home and respect the fact it’s all yours. Take care of it as you would want someone to take care of yours. It’s just good karma!