Whether you are moving to a new town or you are just ready for a change, finding a new rental can be overwhelming. Many places have numerous options, yet it is still difficult to find one that is the right fit for you. It seems as though you can scour every property website there is and still not find anything. If you are finding yourself in the same predicament, take a look at some of these tips.
Make a list of all the things you want in a rental, then filter needs from those wishes. For example, you might want a yard, but it’s more important that you have two bathrooms. When you have a clear idea of what you need in a rental, it can be easier to find what you are looking for. If you are moving with a roommate or partner, be sure to include them in the priorities list so you can find something you both agree on.
One of your priorities may have been the price of what you are willing to pay for your rental. This is important because you should only be looking at rentals within that price range. If you look at a property that checks every item off your wishlist but is over-budget, you’ll be disappointed by every other option. When considering what you are willing to pay for rent, also research what the cost of living prices are like in the area, that way you know if you need to adjust your budget for your home.
If you still are having trouble finding a property by yourself that meets your needs and budget, then consider hiring a real estate agent or broker to help you. Brokers and agents are professionals at finding home options you may not have considered or found before and they’ll set up the tour for you to visit it. Plus, they’ll make any negotiating and paperwork easier on you. When you are moving from a considerable distance, it can be beneficial to hire someone to do the dirty work for you.
Before you decide on a rental, you should take a tour of the house. This will give you a clearer perspective of the home rather than what you are simply seeing from photos. Touring a home will also help you to spot flaws that the owner may not have advertised and understand the conditions you’ll be living in. You may also have the opportunity to meet the landlord as you are visiting which might also aid you in deciding whether or not the property (and its managers) are the right fit for you.
As you tour the property, take time to also visit the neighborhood. While you may not ever meet your neighbors, you’ll still want to live in an area that feels safe and is close to amenities that are important to you—like grocery stores, gyms, and schools. However, you still might consider speaking to some potential neighbors to see if they enjoy living in the area and would recommend it.
Just the prospect of moving can feel daunting… not to mention the stress that comes with finding the right rental for you. Save yourself the worry and contact us for help finding the perfect property for you.