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4 Questions You Need to Ask Before Renting a New Place

Looking for a new place to rent can be an exciting experience. Sometimes, when you enter a potential place for the first time, it instantly feels like home. However, before you sign on the dotted line, you need to ask your future landlord the following 4 important questions.

Is Subleasing Allowed?

For most people, life is full of surprises. Some of them are wonderful, while others are negative. Before signing a lease agreement on a new place, you need to plan for life’s uncertainties. If you must relocate quickly, you may need to sublease your rental. Ask your potential landlord if he or she allows this practice. If you can’t sublease a potential new home, you might want to look for another option.

How Is the Neighborhood?

When renting a new place, location is crucial. Before signing a lease agreement, ask your future landlord, your real estate agent, and potential neighbors about the neighborhood. You might wish to know if your new home is located within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and healthcare facilities. Sites like Renters Guide help new renters get a feel for what is around the area that they are looking into. Gathering more information on the location should be a high priority for any potential renter.

Can I Make Improvements?

After moving into a new home, many people want to make improvements to the space. For instance, they may wish to paint the walls, upgrade the appliances, or reface cabinets. Before signing a lease contract, you should ask your potential landlord if he or she will allow you to make improvements. Also, inquire about the possibility of decreasing the monthly rent for the cost of these improvements. For instance, if you spend $200 on paint, your landlord might deduct this amount from your first month’s rent.

How Much Notice Must I Provide Before Moving?

If you only plan to stay at a new place temporarily, you need to talk with a potential landlord about the amount of advanced notice you must provide him or her before moving out. This amount of time will vary depending on your landlord’s preferences. For instance, you may need to give a 2-week, 6-week, or even as much as a 3-month advanced notice.

In order to obtain the perfect new rental home, you must do your homework. When searching for a new place to rent, don’t become overwhelmed with your surroundings. While the style and beauty of a place is important, contractual terms are vital as well. Asking a potential landlord the aforementioned pertinent 4 questions will help you land the best place for you.

Meghan Belnap

Meghan Belnap

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