Signing the lease to a home is an exciting time, though you need to be careful and consider a few points to do so responsibly. Protect yourself by taking a few minutes to review factors you need to consider before renting a home. Learning these tips can help you avoid common renter headaches.
What the Property Offers
Before renting a home, you need to be aware that you will be responsible for some upkeep. Speak with the property manager/ owner to learn what you are specifically accountable for, and also be sure to read your lease for detailed terms. Confirming contract particulars in your lease is the only way to be sure that agreed upon items are binding.
Take some time to take a full inventory with pictures of each room in the home to create a reference for future use. This is important for keeping track of the items in your possession as a result of the lease. Creating this reference also makes you familiar with the condition of your property and will alert you to potential problem points to discuss with the property manager.
Changes Can Be Made
As a renter, you can request that maintenance be conducted on the property prior to signing. Although, property owners/managers may not always honor your request, it is a good opportunity to bring up your concerns to have them addressed. Requests typically include maintenance updates and the painting of interior walls. If previous tenants left the property dirty, asking the property owner to have the home cleaned is a reasonable request.
Our last and most important point, remember to take your time. Quickly moving through the pre-lease process can lead to major problems late into the lease. Make sure you read your lease and understand your responsibilities.
If you are interested in renting a property, please contact Motor City Property Managers to learn what is available.