For most of us, selecting a rental property can be a time-consuming and arduous task. Chances are, you’re going to be signing a lease that will bind you into paying a substantial sum each week for a year, and if you decide the new property isn’t working out a few months in, you’re going to have to pay to terminate the contract. So how can I be sure of finding the right property?
The first step towards finding a perfect property is to network with colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. If you’re moving to a new city or just trying to find a new place, put the word out on Facebook to see if anyone has some connections or advice on finding a suitable property available. You might just find a great suggestion that will help you find a property without ever stepping foot in it beforehand but remain confident that you’ve found yourself a good living situation.
Websites and Review Pages
Of course, we live in the 21st century so take advantage of 21st-century resources. Numerous websites exist for the purpose of allowing former residents the opportunity to share their experiences about life in a given apartment complex or suburb. Use these message boards to ask questions and make any inquiries that you may have. Knowledge is power, and the more knowledge you have going into your property search will increase your confidence that you’ve made the right choice.
Most police departments and government agencies will share information regarding the crime rate in a given neighbourhood, and most real estate agents will give you a run-down of the area. If you’re commuting to work, make sure the public transportation system will get you where you need to go. You can also perform research by looking up your area on Google or popular websites containing accurate information on where you will be living.
Personally View the Rental Property
Be sure to see the property yourself! Don’t be shy… contact the agent or owner and book yourself into a home open! You can find the perfect rental, but unfortunately, you may discover upon you viewing that it’s in a poor street. Photos and videos can never truly represent the property, so make sure you attend the property and see it with your own eyes!
Moving is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Conducting thorough research beforehand will ensure that you find the right property for you, in the right area. Even if you’re moving to a city you’re not familiar with, you can still be equipped with the knowledge that will help you make the right choice in finding a new place to live.