Perfect Rental Property Is Within Reach

By chrisrath • March 27th, 2012

While home ownership may not be in your immediate future, you are going to find that there are plenty of home and apartment rentals that will make you feel just as comfortable as a place of your own. The benefit of renting a home or apartment is that you will likely work with a landlord or rental property manager who will assume responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep tasks you would otherwise be responsible for if you weren’t renting. The trick is to find the perfect rental property that meets all of your needs. Here are some things to consider.

Perfect RentalConsider the Neighborhood

The fact that you are renting does not mean you should ignore the neighborhood in which you will be living. Don’t be afraid to call the local police department to ask about crime rates in the area you are considering. Take a tour of the neighborhood during both the daytime and evening hours. You’ll want to visit more than once and pay close attention to whether or not you see incidents of vandalism, if you see strange groups gathering in public areas, and to the general upkeep of the area.

Consider the School Systems

Do you have children? If so, you’ll want to research the quality of the school system in the area you are considering for your rental. Look up the school districts statistics online, talk to other parents, and ask for a tour of the schools. You may want to consider both public and private schools – make sure you look at them both.

Tour the Home

Make sure you make some time to tour the home or apartment you want to rent. Ask the landlord to take you there during the day, but make sure you go back in the evening hours once as well. Look not only at the condition of the home itself but at the activity in the area as well. Is the home located on a major road or near a set of train tracks, causing a ton of extra noise? These are things you might not notice in one visit.

Consider Your Pets

Do you have beloved family pets? If so, you’ll want to pay special attention to the lease you are thinking about signing. Talk to the landlord about whether or not he allows pets in the home. Do not lie and sneak your pet into the house – especially if you have a landlord who is dead set against having animals on the property. Talking to your landlord or rental property manager is the best course of action. They may allow pets and, if not, they may consider making an exception based on the size or breed of your pet. You may have to pay more, but you won’t have to abandon your beloved family member, either.

There are plenty of things to consider when choosing a home or apartment to rent. Make sure you take the time to evaluate not only the home itself, but the way your move will impact your entire lifestyle. You’ll be glad you took the time to make a careful choice!

About the author

chrisrath I enjoy helping people find that right home whenever faced with a relocation situation due to their job or even a major life event. Since I have access to a large inventory of homes for sale and also manage many properties in the northern Delaware region, it is easy for us to help anyone make a smooth transition into this area. I am a licensed Real Estate Agent and also manage my own company Rath Management where we locate, screen, secure, counsel, and communicate with the tenant and the investor throughout the entire leasing process to keep homes filled. Our company also manages maintenance issues, collects and forwards rent monies, and even helps with the dreaded eviction process in the event a tenant does not keep up with the terms. Chris Rath

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