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How To Look For Good Apartments For Rent?

Todays Date: December 11, 2018

If you are looking to rent an apartment, it is no easy task and careful, if sometimes painstaking preparation is required before you can rent the house of your choice. Renting an apartment basically means paying the home owner a fixed sum every month for the right to occupy their house, and there are a few things that you must do before you can rent a house.

Usually, when you apply for a house, a list of your last five addresses and landlord’s contact details are a must, so be prepared with such details. Landlords also usually require your employment details as well, including your current salary and your personal references. All these details, if in good order, always help you stand out among other applicants.

First, look up as many apartment listings as possible in classifieds, online websites etc. for an apartment in an area which is convenient and which you can afford. Most people spend about one third of their income on their rent, and paying any more than that is a bad idea. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices, consider how far away from your workplace or college the apartment is, and way to commute to all these places from the apartment. A real estate agent is a good way to look at a lot of apartments you wouldn’t be able to find otherwise, but remember that real estate agents take a healthy cut out of every purchase, so you’ll end up paying a little extra rent to pay for their services. If you can’t afford a place all by yourself, looking for a roommate is also good idea, provided you and your roommate get along.

Now that you’ve pretty much found what you are looking for, and are in a position to rent out the apartment, it is essential to give the apartment a thorough look over. Landlords trying to blame existing damage to the house on new tenants is not an uncommon occurrence, so be on your guard for such problems with the house, and ensure that you get the landlord to fix it before moving in. Make sure that the walls are thick enough, or otherwise you’ll end up hearing everything from adjoining apartments. Check whether the rent includes utilities, or there is some separate amount that must be paid for water, heat, electricity etc. If you own a car, a parking space is always a good deal, so try to get one with the apartment.

Bargain hard to try to get a good deal, whether it is by paying a lower security deposit, or paying lower rent as well. Also, get the landlord to clearly state what condition the house must be in to get back your security deposit. Check if you can make any superficial changes to the house, like adding storage shelves or repainting the walls etc. The best way to go about this is to make sure that everything is clearly stated out, and then rent the apartment.

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