Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What to look for in a rental home

Internet access is a modern-day necessity for most households. Check if the rental home has provisions for this. If not, you may have to resort to pocket WIFI or other means.

There are many properties available for renting. The key is finding the right one that will suit your budget and lifestyle. Avoid viewing properties without assessing your needs first. Arm yourself with a checklist of things you want in a rental home.  

Space requirements     

It’s important to know how much space you’ll need. You can actually decide this before you go house hunting. The number of people in your family may dictate the number of rooms and baths you need in a house. 

Do you live with an elderly or handicapped person? You may need to check for convenient lifts in apartments or a downstairs bedroom in a single-family home. Do you work at home? An extra room may come in handy for a home office. 

These are just some of the things you may come across when assessing your space requirements. 

Provisions for cable TV and Internet

Internet access is a modern-day necessity for most households. Check if the rental home has provisions for this. If not, you may have to resort to pocket WIFI or other means. For cable TV subscribers, check whether this is provided for and where they are located in the house as this may affect your TV location and furniture layout. 

Gas or electric cooking

Most new condos now only have electric ovens and ranges. For meticulous cooks with specific preferences, find out if your needs are catered for. 

Cleanliness

Rental properties, particularly those that have already passed through several tenants, are not always clean and tidy. Previous tenants may have left some junk or worn down the property. Be sure to clarify whether these will be taken care of by the landlord or not.  

Security

Home security is a common concern for most people. Whether you plan to stay for a long time in the property or not, it’s still best to check the security of the property. 

Gated communities, whether in the form of a townhouse or a condo, make for top security choices. 


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