The ultimate Guide to renting your first house
So, you’ve decided that you are ready to be out there living on your own Whether you’ve recently graduated or you have decided to move out of your parent’s house, this first house rental guide will help you understand how to go about finding and renting your new space.
While renting your own place, it is important to remember that there are both short-term and long-term costs involved. Long-term costs mainly include rent and utility bills. Short-term. It is important to have some extra cash on hand to manage moving expenses and any other spending that may crop up, Be aware that your expenses will vary from one city to another, and one community to another.
Criteria & Location
What are you looking for in an apartment? Do you want a studio or a single bedroom? Would you like to be situated near a bus stop or market? Write down all the criteria for your ideal apartment and keep the list handy as you do your search. Websites, like Renting.ng, allow you to choose specific filters that narrow your selection and make it easier to shortlist places. All apartment listings are verified and have real reviews from renters, so you don’t have to worry about getting scammed.
If you like a specific part of town check Google Maps to learn about typical traffic and commutes in and around the area. Walk around to get a sense of the area.
During the house inspection
Check the following.
- Check the locks on the doors and windows of the apartment (and the door of the building as well), to
- Check if the floor is slanted and/or warped in any way, as that could be a sign of a previous or existing leak.
- Another leaky clue: Make sure there are no spots on the ceilings and/or walls.
- Turn on the water to make sure the pressure and color are to your liking.
- Look around for both good outlet locations and livable socket numbers.
- Notice how much natural sunlight the apartment receives. Light has a major impact on your overall mood, so keep an eye out for big windows.
- Try out the appliances. If anything doesn’t work, ask the landlord if they are willing to fix or replace it. Get a confirmation in writing, if possible.
- If you have a car, ask about parking availability, security and monthly costs.
While visiting, take the opportunity to ask current tenants you may run into about their experience living at the apartment complex.