Whether it’s a condo, apartment or house (or anything in-between) finding your new rental home doesn’t have to be difficult or confusing.
Everyone’s path to a rental is different, but there are some key steps to researching, finding, refining, and finally signing a lease before you move in.
In this guide, we’ll step you through the process and make certain you’re both informed and empowered on your journey to your rental home.
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Finding your perfect apartment or house for rent is a process that requires a lot of time and research. We’re here to help make this process easy for you! In this ‘How Tos’ rental section we cover all the necessary steps of the renting process with tools, tips and helpful advice that’ll empower you to discover, selection and lease your ideal home.
Choose Which Amenities are Important
Consider which amenities you and your family really need. We all want as many amenities as possible; however, be honest with yourself about which ones are essential. If you are able to compromise on some amenities, such as an outside pool or water view, you may be able to find a home in a better location, or closer to your favorite activities. Don’t get caught up in all the bells and whistles and forget about all the other important factors that go into choosing your perfect rental home.
Get to Know the Neighborhoods
If you’re familiar with the city where you’re looking, then you may already have a pretty good sense of most neighborhoods. But if you’re browsing from a distance, then it makes sense to check up on areas where potential rentals are located. Look at crime maps. Read reviews on the local schools. Seek out information in forums, and if you have anyone in your network that might be able to give you the local’s perspective on a particular neighborhood, ask them for input.
Decide What Location is Ideal
One main thing to keep in mind is location. What is important to you and your family? Is the school district the number one priority? Do you prefer being close to the action of the city, or do you like the laid-back country lifestyle? Use the search feature on Homes.com to easily search rentals by zip code, as well as find listings in nearby locations to ensure you don’t miss your dream home in the locations that best fit your personality.
Know the Local Market
For many families, renting a home may be the best solution they have for providing their children with stability. For this reason, these types of renters will often try to negotiate multi-year leases. These families don’t want to have to worry about taking their kids out of school or away from the friends they’ve made. They want to enjoy living in their communities without worry that they might have to look for another place to live in a few months’ time.
In such cases, a landlord might offer a 12-month lease upfront with the potential for a multi-year lease upon renewal. This is so they can have a year to learn more about their renter’s habits. This allows the landlord to get to know their renter before they take the leap in offering a lease longer than a year.