When you are a renter, you have more flexibility in terms of deciding where to live and choosing the neighborhood that best fits your needs and preference. It gives you the freedom to choose the location that can become your permanent (or even just temporary) address.
But before you get too excited in getting an apartment or a house to rent, here are some renter tips and advice that you should read and know about.
Managed property or renting from a landlord?
Renting a managed property and renting from individual landlords have their pros and cons. Choosing any of them is OK but let me give you a quick overview of their main advantages. Renting directly from a landlord gives you the chance to negotiate your rental fee. On the other hand, renting a managed property gives you an easier way to contact someone as soon as problem arises. Managed communities also has maintenance staff available almost 24/7.
Don’t let your poor credit discourage you from renting a house or apartment.
There are lots of apartments and houses for rent that considers all kinds of credits. So if you have poor or no credit at all, don’t hesitate to apply for the apartment or house for rent that you like. Yes it might be difficult but if you have letter of recommendation from former landlords or you agree to pay a larger amount of security deposit, then you are good to go. Things like this can give assurance to your soon to be landlord that you are a good renter and you can pay their required fee on time.
Know how to deal with noisy and annoying neighbors properly.
Having great and considerate neighbors is a plus factor when you are a renter. But if you are quite unfortunate, then learn to deal with them properly. You can approach them in a respectful manner and tell them your concern. If this doesn’t work, contact the landlord or the management. Same thing goes if you share your space with roommates. Talk to them first and if that doesn’t work, bring your concern to the landlords.
If worst comes to worst and the management or the landlord can’t do anything about it, it’s about time for you to leave their property. Don’t let your noisy neighbors ruin your peaceful life. As a renter, you have the freedom to leave anytime you want.
Redesign and upgrade your rented space without pissing off your landlord.
One of the disadvantages of renting a property is that you can’t make major changes to the place. You can’t redesign or remodel a certain room according to your taste. However, you can still customize it without overhauling the property and breaking any lease agreement. Small things like adding more storage in the kitchen, installing command hooks, changing the light fixtures, changing door handles and knobs and upgrading some bathroom fixtures can give your rented house a new look. Mirrors, curtains and rugs can also be used to customize any room until you get the look and feel that you want.
Know your rights as a tenant.
It’s pretty important to read and understand the tenant’s rights handbook that is applicable to the state that you are living at. This is especially important if you are a first time renter and don’t know how things works when it comes to the accountability and the responsibility of landlords and tenants.
Buy renter’s insurance.
I cannot stress enough the importance of a renter’s insurance. No matter how comfortable you are with your rented space, accidents do happen from time to time. For example, your place get robbed or a neighbor of yours accidentally started a fire that burns the whole property down, your renter’s insurance can cover things up so you can have a fresh and brand new start.
With these tips, you’ll be sure that your life as a renter would be easier, more comfortable and stress-free.