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Tips for Finding a rental property for you

Searching for the perfect rental property can be a daunting and overwhelming experience so follow our tenants tips to point you in the right direction. It’s not just about finding a property that’s well-suited to your needs, but you also have to overcome the hurdles associated with dealing with landlords, property management companies and lengthy, complicated lease agreements.

When you are searching for that perfect apartment, you shouldn’t just be asking yourselves what your must-have items are. For many renters, it can be more advantageous to approach the situation by focusing on the items that you know you don’t want. There are a number of red flags that should be prime indicators to renters that the property will probably be less than ideal.

Let the Parking Lot Guide You

It may sound silly, but you can tell a lot about an apartment complex and how well it’s managed by looking at the parking lot.

If you’re on the fence about a property, or want to narrow down the possibilities to a short list, take a look at the parking lot. Most landlords and property management companies have strict guidelines as to what can happen in the parking lot (for example, no broken down cars), and if this isn’t the case, you may want to reconsider this complex.

If a parking lot is well-maintained, well-lit and well-organized, it’s a good sign that the rest of the property is going to follow suit.

Parking is also important because it can have a big impact on your day-to-day life. If it seems like every possible parking space is taken, or there are far less spots than there are apartments, this may cause a lot of inconvenience for renters every day.

Do A Little Snooping

Before you sign a lease, try to gauge how the neighbors are taking care of their property. If balconies are crowded with trash, or appear to be a storage space for the neighbors, this may mean the landlord doesn’t enforce strict guidelines, and the management is probably subpar.

It’s also important to remember that if an apartment looks very messy from the outside, it’s likely messy on the inside as well, which can lead to health and sanitation concerns for not only that person, but also the surrounding neighbors.

Make a Nighttime Visit

Visiting an apartment or rental complex at night may shed a new light on the property.

During the day, when many landlords show a property, most tenants are away at work or school, and the area may appear quiet and orderly. This may change at night. You should visit on your own and look for signs of loud neighbors, commotion in the parking lot or any other red flags that would make a rental property less than ideal.

Does it seem like the complex is a party area, or is it relatively quiet? These are important considerations when you’re going to sign a long-term lease agreement.

Signs of Pest Problems

Pests can be a big problem in rental complexes, so take a few moments to look around and see if there are areas of concern. For example, if there is a pond or water feature on the property, ask the landlord if there’s a circulating pump, since stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Also look at the area where trash is kept. If this is in disarray, it could mean a potential hiding place for pests. If there are areas for pests to thrive in an apartment complex, it’s much more likely that you’ll encounter an infestation in your own unit.

It’s also a bad indicator of how well a landlord will respond to maintenance requests, if they’re not maintaining the exterior of the property.


Investigate the neighborhood

It’s a good advice to investigate the neighborhood at night. However, there are also other ways to find out whether the area fits you or not. This article https://rentberry.com/blog/typical-tenants-mistakes states that you need to look for an opportunity to chat with your potential neighbors, and it definitely better to do during the day)
Also check out the local newspaper and the neighborhood blog. I mean blogs where locals ask for tips and advice, or post issues or concerns affecting the neighborhood. And in newspapers you can find local stories, that may interest you. Also, a Google search should help you to know more about particular area.

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