6 Tips for Finding the Best Rental Home
Finding the best rental home is a tough challenge. If you live in a busy city or neighborhood, it will be quite tougher.
The good news is it’s not impossible to get the perfect home that suits your needs and budget. With the help of below tips and advice, you can surely get the home that you always wanted.
Start your search early in the month
According to experts, the best rental homes always go earlier in the month. So better start your home hunting early in the month and avoid looking for rental houses at mid month. If you start searching at the first weekend of the month, the competition is quite less and nice properties will still be available. Best if you can start your search 2-3 months before your move.
Search online but don’t rely on it alone
Start your house for rent search online via Craigslist, Zillow, Zumper etc. These sites offers hundreds of thousands of listings that you can check out. You can narrow down your search according to your budget and chosen city or neighborhood. These listings will give you an idea on how much is the average rent is, the usual amenities and the likes. If you find few homes that interests you, make sure to visit them personally to see if its suits you.
Get some help
There are real estate professionals that handle or specialize in rental properties. Talk to them and let them know what you need or want. Make sure to get the help of an agent who has direct relationship or contact to the landlords of your chosen neighborhood. This way, you can be sure that your application will get through and you’ll get the most bang for your buck.
Beware of scams
Online scams are at its highest nowadays. Beware of them and don’t ever pay your rental/application fee over the internet. Also, if a rental ad or listing is too good to be true, chances are it’s a scam. Trust your instinct about it and once you doubted an ad’s legitimacy, run away from it immediately.
Offer a 13-month lease
If you are looking for houses for rent in a competitive marketplace (busy city or neighborhood), offer the landlord a 13 month lease. If your lease will cover most of the slow (winter) season, it’s highly like that the home owner or landlord will take you in.
Utilize social media
Tell your friends on social media (Facebook or Twitter) that you are looking for a home to rent. Tell them your needs and where do you want to rent. You’ll be amazed on how many people will respond on your post referring you to the places or people that they know.
With these tips, finding the perfect rental home will be a breeze.
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