If you are all set to personally check and view an apartment rental property, these tips can make it much better and productive viewing trip. So before you go out there and view each and every apartment you listed, spend some time reading the following helpful information.
Prepare and plan well
A wise man once said: “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. This saying applies really well in terms of viewing apartments for rent. Preparation is the key to a successful rental viewing. Make a list of the things you need to ask. Write them down in a piece of paper. It will truly help you not to forget those important questions that need to be answered.
Bring a friend with you
Viewing a rental property alone is ok, but viewing it with a friend or family member is way better. Why? Aside from safety and security, you can also ask his/her opinion about the unit and what she or he think of the neighborhood too.
Check the bills
Make sure to check the bills of the former and current tenants of the rental property. This will give you an idea about how much money you need to dish out aside from the rental fee. You also need to ask if there’s anything that is included in the rental fee e.g. water and gas.
Ask what is included
Ask the landlord if there is any appliances/furniture included at your rental fee. This is a must to make sure that you won’t need to buy extra furniture like the bed, storage cabinets and more upon moving in.
A good looking lawn or garden truly adds value to a rental property. But as the tenant-to-be, you should look beyond the outer looks. Inspect all the doors, windows and rooms. Make sure that there’s running water in the kitchen and bathroom. Check for smoke alarms and other safety and security detail.
Visit, check and inspect as soon as possible
Good rental properties are hard to come by. So if you found one that you think is quite good enough for you, make sure to inspect and visit it as soon as you can. Don’t waste any time.
With these tips, you can be sure that your viewing trip will be a successful one. Try them out!