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25 Nov

Moving into Your Rental: 2

Posted in Renting on 25.11.09

landlord 4Now, you are going to want to begin by documenting everything about your apartment, preferably while it is still empty. If there are holes in the wall, blinds missing, a lack of smoke detectors, cracks in the floors, stains, and so on, you want pictures. If you intend to do any painting, you may also want to document the current color of the walls — if you can offer to repaint the place back before you leave, your landlord will likely be more permissive … unless he or she is controlling … and/or a jerk. (Sorry for the bitterness, folks!)

Then, again, check out your water pressure, the heat, make sure all the electrical sockets and light fixtures work.

For your own protection and for later proof, if necessary, you need to document the conversations you have with your landlord concerning the rental. Try to have a witness if you can. Correspondence should be sent through email, so that there is always proof of what has been written.

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22 Nov

Moving into Your Rental: 1

Posted in Apartments, Renting on 22.11.09

landlord 3Whether you are moving into an apartment in a complex, a rental house, or a private apartment, such as one that exists in a private, residential home, you have to realize: you have rights, especially if utilities such as heat, hot water, et cetera, is covered in your monthly rent.

There are also some things you need to do when you first move into your new home — and even before you move in, as a matter of fact. Let’s talk about that first.

You need to make sure that you are fully aware of all the codes, rights, and rules of tenancy in your area. You need to know what is expected of you as a tenant, and you also need to know what is expected of your landlord — again, especially if he or she maintains that heat, hot water, and electricity are included in your rent. Otherwise, it will be far too easy for your landlord to pull one over on you.

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21 Nov

Why Screening Your Tenants Is Important: 2

Posted in Apartments, Renting on 21.11.09

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While the appearance is something that you want to look at – it is not extremely important.  People dress the way they want and look the way that they want.  However, you do want to make sure that you get a credit check on them – as that will provide you with some insight on how these potential tenants will pay their bills.

You also want to make sure to have some type of tenant application in place.  That way, you can decide exactly how compatible you and the potential tenants might be.  While you do not have to be best friends, you want to make sure that you are compatible and have the same beliefs.

It is very important to find a reliable tenant that is not going to make you lose money … remember that.  You can be choosy when you are the landlord, keep that in mind.

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20 Nov

Why Screening Your Tenants Is Important: 1

Posted in Apartments, Renting on 20.11.09

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When you think about it – what is the most important thing to you when you are renting out your apartment or house?  Well, the screening process of finding the right tenant should be the most important thing.  This is a person that is going to be living in your home and they are not going to be supervised. 

That is why it is so important for you to screen any tenants that you have looking at the place and are serious about it.  There are some things that you can do to ensure that you find the right tenant for your home.  First, you want to look at their appearance – you want them to make a good impression on you, almost like they are interviewing for a job.

In the next blog, we will talk about some other things that you should be looking for when you are trying to find the right tenant.

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06 Jun

Condos: The Low Down on Them!

Posted in Condos, Real Estate, Renting on 06.06.09

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When you are buying a home, it can be extremely difficult to not only commit to one house but to find one that is going to suit all of your needs.  This is especially true if you have a very limited budget and while most of the time nowadays, a low budget is not going to be a problem, if you do not want to commit to a house, you should honestly make sure that you check into living in a condo!

If all you have ever lived in is an apartment, moving into a home can honestly be a shocker.  There are so many different things that you need to think about when a house is involved – everything from all of the improvements to yard work and let me tell you, yard work is hard!

Living in a condo, you do not have any of that!  Condos are definitely ideal for an older couple, a younger couple or even just a single person.  There is no maintenance that needs to be done yet you can paint the walls and such because you own the condo – however, unlike a house you do not have to keep it up!

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21 May

Renting An Apartment? Some Tips You Should Know! Part 1

Posted in Apartments, Renting, Renting An Apartment on 21.05.09

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If you are like many people nowadays, you are definitely ditching your house and getting an apartment.  Or maybe you are just getting an apartment to get out of your parent’s home finally.  Either way, there are quite a few things that you are going to need to take into consideration whenever you are renting an apartment and we are going to go over some of those things in this blog! 

First and foremost, location, location, location is going to be the most important thing!  You never, ever want to get an apartment in a neighborhood that you do not think is safe, so that is the first thing that you need to consider.  The next, where do you work or go to school?  You definitely do not want to be too far from that, so make sure that your new pad is pretty close.

Renting an apartment can be pretty scary but if you are armed with some simple tips and tricks, you will definitely be better off!  More to come in the next post!

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