8 Things You Should Know Before Renting a House
If you are used to living in lofts or apartments, and now you want to rent a house, there are some things that you should definitely know before doing it, and our list will bring you some of them. You should always be ready for certain things when you make big decisions, and renting a house is definitely one of them. Although some houses may attract you if they look beautiful or have incredibly nice gardens, this is definitely not enough, although we know it is important. Of course, you will not have the same criteria if you want to rent a house and live alone, with a partner, or with your whole family, including a bunch of kids. However, there are some general things you should be aware of, and you will find them out if you continue reading our list of things you should know before renting a house.
- Neighborhood is important
Even if you find the perfect house with all the things you need and expect, if the neighborhood or the whole area is bad, run away from it – especially if you have children. You don’t want to raise them in an unhealthy environment!
- If you don’t click with your landlord, think twice
Your landlord should be the person to rely on 24/7 when it comes to all the things related to your house, and if you see that the communication between you two is bad, think twice. Take some time and find a new place to rent.
- Ask for the tenancy agreement and read it thoroughly
Give yourself two or three days to thoroughly read your agreement before you finally sign it. If you consider that something from the agreement is not ok, make sure to discuss it with your landlord and find a solution.
- Check out whether the house is pet-friendly
Even if you don’t have pets, you should make this thing clear from the very beginning. Because, maybe one day your children would like to have pets, so you should know what you can and cannot do in the house.
- Go through the house and check the condition of literally everything
And when we say literally everything, we really mean it. You should even check the water pressure, paint on the walls, mold, or any other things that need to be established within one house.
- Ask about the payment methods and late fee policy
Who guarantees that you will always pay your rent on the agreed date? It is why you should check in advance about the late fee policy. Additionally, ask about the payment method, and agree on the one that suits you better.
- Establish the issue regarding repairs and maintenance
You live in the house, but you don’t need to be responsible for doing everything. It is why you should talk to your landlord in advance, and establish certain things when it comes to maintenance.
- Rent is not the only cost you’ll have
We are sorry to tell you this, but this is probably the most important thing to know. Besides the rent, there are bills, deposit, administration and referencing fees, and some other possible costs. It is why you should calculate everything in advance and see whether you can afford it.