We understand that not everyone is in a position to be a home owner. Sometimes job security, bad credit, or just life situations can prevent someone from taking the leap into home ownership.
But that doesn't mean you can't still call your Realtor for some good advice!
If you are looking for a Rental Property, here is a few tips that can help you find the right place!
You could be a young person shopping for your first apartment or you could be empty-nesters looking to downsize from a house to something that doesn't require constant maintenance and the paying of property taxes.
Whether it is a house, condo or apartment that you are looking for, the following tips will help you spot the good, the bad and the ugly!
Decide on What You Need/Want
Is the rental property pet-friendly? This is very important when you've been emotionally tethered to two furry companions for years. If you have pets, this should be the first question asked. You might as well know up front how the landlords feel and save yourself an unnecessary trip to see an apartment or house, if a no-pets policy is non-negotiable with the owners.
Does a condo have a washer/dryer in it? A dishwasher? Are you ok to haul your underwear down to a basement and pay extra to do the laundry.
How many bedrooms do you need? Do you work from home and need an office space?
Is air conditioning important?
If you decide to rent a townhouse or other house, who will be responsible for maintenance chores like cutting the grass and shoveling the snow?
Is the rent all-inclusive or will you be responsible for paying hydro and water on top of rent? With most landlords, it's the latter or at least Hydro is the tenant's responsibility.
Never Assume Anything
Before you go looking at actual apartments, write down any questions you can think to ask the landlord. Ask over the phone if the place is pet-friendly, air-conditioned and how many bedrooms there are. If you get satisfactory answers to those questions, the rest can be answered by actually seeing the space available in an apartment or house and asking the landlord on-site about such things as maintenance arrangements.
Flush the toilet. Turn on the oven and burners in the kitchen. Open the fridge. In short, make sure you're not getting stuck with appliances and other essentials that don't work and that you might have trouble getting replaced after you've paid first and last.
Thank you to Marlene Alexander and WalletPop.ca for their great rental property shopping tips!
At RE/MAX Escarpment, A Knowledgeable Consumer is Our Best Customer!