Step 2: Things to Consider When Renting a Home
Finding the perfect apartment or house to rent is a requires a lot of time and research, so we’re here to help make the process a little easier for you! In this ‘how tos’ rental section, we cover all the necessary steps of the renting process with tools, tips and helpful advice so you can discover, select and lease your ideal home.
Choose Which Amenities are Important
It’s understandable to want as many amenities as possible, but it’s important to recognize which ones are essential. If you can 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, you may already have a good sense of its neighborhoods. If you’re browsing from a distance, it makes sense to get familiar with 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
Regarding location, what is important to you and your family? Is the school district the top priority? Do you prefer the bustle of city life, or do you want a more laid-back country lifestyle? Use the search feature on Homes.com to easily search rentals by zip code, and to 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 to provide 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 gives them a year to learn more about their renter’s habits and personality before they commit to offering a longer lease.