With the recent developments of several neighborhoods, communities and districts, we get to have a wider variety to choose from. Choosing a home to buy or even rent is not an easy decision, and requires thorough thinking that usually takes up countless hours and effort to decide on the most suitable home for you.
Before you start short listing the houses you like or even view them, you should create a checklist with all amenities that you perceive as a necessity in your future apartment, villa or even in your future community as a whole. In addition to this, prepare a list of questions and queries to ask the landlord that would help in making up your mind.
One of the most important questions to ask landlords before deciding if this house is the one or not, is to know exactly what is included in the rent and what is not. As some landlords include parking spaces along with the rental costs, which would allow you to save more, considering there would be no parking fee. All discussed and agreed upon factors should be added to the contract, and everything mentioned in the contract should be thoroughly researched and understood by both parties to avoid future disagreements. The following are some important topics that you should pay attention to while going through your contract; penalties that are set, under the circumstances of breaking the lease, and how much should be paid for a deposit upfront.
Secondly, conduct a detailed and thorough inventory that includes all defects and state of all items, including furniture, especially if you’ll buy/rent furnished apartment or house. After completing your inventory give it to your tenant/landlord to review, assess and sign, while you keep an additional copy with you.
Don’t be shy to bombard your landlord with questions. In fact, that would save you from many dilemmas in the upcoming future. If you have pets you have got to make sure that your tenant allows pets or if you would have to pay a fine or pet security deposit for having pets.
Furthermore, make sure you ask for the tenants help with familiarizing you with the social infrastructure & structure, and all the nearby amenities. There are essential amenities that everyone seeks when moving into a new neighborhood. Some amenities, such as daily essentials, would simplify your life if they are a walking distance away. Thus, make sure to request your tenant/landlord to go over all the nearby amenities that are offered in the neighborhood. Additionally, inquire and familiarize yourself with the community’s social structure. For instance, if you frequently enjoy playing loud music ask your landlord or tenant if your future neighbors abhor loud music or not.
Another common dilemma that only renters would face is apartment or house decoration, since a number of landlords tend to refuse any house decorations carried out by renters, such as wall painting and wall hangings. You could avoid future conflicts by agreeing on whether you are allowed to paint and drill holes in your wall to hang any personal items, or whether you would have to pay penalty fees on decorations done by you upon leaving.
Even though you may find this process tiring and tough, but it’s necessary to go through all these questions and research to fully enjoy your future home.