5 Questions When Renting a Home

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

1. Is the neighborhood clean? You can see this by driving around. If there is litter on the streets and in the yards, or old cars and junk piled up around the homes, this shows that the manager and tenants do not take pride in where they live.

2. Is the neighborhood quiet? Drive around different times of the day or evening. If music is blaring or neighbors are fighting, leave and don’t come back. On the other hand, if neighbors are walking around, or kids are playing happily outside, this is a sign that the neighborhood will be safe for your family.

3. Is the neighborhood safe from crime? Look for signs such as Drug Free or Neighborhood Watch. You can also inquire at the local Police Department, Better Business Bureau, or Chamber of Commerce.

4. Are the homes for rent clean and ready to move in? When you tour homes, look around to see what kind of condition they are in. Check that bathrooms, kitchens, closets, carpeting, and windows are clean. Feel free to ask questions about the condition of other things such as the furnace, air conditioning, roof, water heater, stairs, etc.

5. Are homes well maintained after being rented? Ask the manager about their maintenance program and their average response time for repairs.

The best time to ask questions and gain confidence in the management and the home for rent is before you move in and make a commitment. More will be written on this subject in future posts.

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