The 3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rental

Renting a space to live in can be a difficult task to negotiate: especially in the Boulder area, you’ll need to quickly find a place that meets all your needs and be ready to fill out your application that same day!  Otherwise the property will likely get rented and you will lose out on it.

Whether you have a day or a month to decide, though, you’ll want to be sure that you’re making the best decision in your rental space.  So use this handy checklist of three essential questions that you may not have thought to ask to help you find your dream rental:

1. Who is taking care of you?  Be sure to know how problems and questions will be resolved at your new place. Is the owner local, and able to help if needed right away, or long-distance, and thus, not a quick resource? Is the owner an individual, or a property management company?

An individual may be more flexible on rules and regulations that you may want to bend, but a property management company will likely have standards in place to assist you in the event of any incident at your rental. Know if you’ll have an on-site super for urgent issues, or if you’ll have to handle any adjustments yourself.  And most importantly, know your comfort level in each of these cases, so you can accurately decide which situations will work for you.

2. What amenities are included?  Know all the details before you sign. What extras are included in the rent, and what will you have to cover on your own? Depending on the rental property’s arrangement, your monthly costs could go significantly up. In addition, know what features the building has on hand to make your life easier (or not). When you know the extra effort and cost you’ll also have to shoulder each month, you can more clearly weigh your choices.

Here are some of the basic “extras” for you to consider, find out if they are they included in rent, or in your rental space:

  • Leasing /Admin Fees
  • Application Fees
  • Security Deposits
  • Utilities
  • Heat & Hot Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Central A/C
  • Laundry, Washer/Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Trash & Recycling
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Repairs & Maintenance
  • Large-package Collection
  • Parking
  • Transportation (if in a commuter area)

3. Does it meet your non-negotiable needs?  In the end, you need to be happy here, so know what’s most important to you, and try to find an apartment with at least the top few items on your list (finding everything you’ve ever wanted may be difficult unless your budget is unlimited -but finding a great place that meets many needs shouldn’t be impossible for you).

Does the place allow pets–and is there a fee? Is there lots of natural light? Does it have a second bedroom, or a large kitchen suitable for frequent cooking? Is there ample storage space? There are many such questions to ask when looking for an apartment, so know the order to ask them in for yourself, and see how many of your top desires are checked off. You’ll be easily able to compare multiple locations this way.

Finding a rental place can be both exhausting and exciting, but with this checklist of questions to ask when looking for a rental, you’ll be able to narrow down on the place for you quicker and easier-and you’ll be able to enjoy your new home knowing you’ve made the best decision!   For help finding your perfect rental contact Housing Helpers at 303-545-6000 or check out our rental listings at www.housinghelpers.com

 

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John Iannone is a real estate professional and self proclaimed property guru with over two decades of experience with investment properties, rentals, property management, corporate housing, multifamily strategic repositioning, acquisitions, consulting, and relocation services . Housing Helpers is a full service relocation company with offices in Boulder Colorado, and Denver, that provides integrated housing solutions including corporate housing, rental locating and apartment finding, real estate brokerage, investment property marketing, and relocation services.

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