Thursday, November 29, 2018

5 Things to Look for When Renting a New Home

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Few people enjoy the roller coaster stress-machine that is house hunting. Even worse, though, is running the risk of having signed your contract, paid your bond and moved into your new address only to realize that you overlooked an important detail and your home is not right for you! The best way to avoid ending up in this situation is to have a clear vision of what you want in a home while you’re searching. Here are five things to look out for when you’re looking to rent a new home:

1. A Modern Kitchen

We spend a lot of our time in the kitchen, so it's important to make sure your rental kitchen is up to date and fully functional. Check for cleanliness, whether or not appliances work and that there is enough storage space for your kitchenware. If there's an induction cooktop, you are in luck! These cooktops are popular in commercial kitchens because they’re safer, energy-efficient and heat meals faster than any alternative. Be aware in advance though that you will need to get induction friendly cookware for it to work.

2. Heating and Cooling

This doesn’t just mean having a split system (although that is always an appealing feature). When looking at your next potential home, be aware of how the property type and its location will impact its indoor environment. High-rise apartments quite commonly overheat because of their height and small-size. For these properties, having a proper air conditioner or quality insulation is ideal. Take notice of building materials: brick homes naturally insulate better all year round, unlike wood-based properties which leave you warmer in summer and colder in winter.

3. An Ideal Location

Make sure to thoroughly research the location of every home you are interested in before going to an inspection so you can narrow down your options based on your needs. If you commute via public transport, don’t waste time on homes that aren’t near any; if you’re a retired couple, your ideal home is probably not surrounded by university student accommodation. Get informed on any neighborhood or locale in which you’re considering living so that you have an idea of what to expect.

4. Security and Privacy

This is especially important if you’re going to be living in shared accommodation with housemates or looking at a home that is extremely close to, or shares walls/yards with neighboring properties. Check for working locks on all entry points and bedroom doors as well. If you require a car space, ensure that it is accessible, fits your car and is secure. Extra security features like an alarm system, security access pass to the building or smart door locks are always a bonus just make sure that they are in working order!

5. Sufficient Space

When you’re looking at a potential new home, consider how you would furnish it and take a close look at the size and room available for your belongings. There’s no harm in bringing your measuring tape along to a house inspection. If you are going to be moving furniture like beds, desks, and tables into a new space, you’re going to want to make sure they that they will fit.
Don’t settle for renting a home that’s below your standards. With a bit of research and taking all of the above points into consideration, you are bound to find your ideal home and maybe even add a bit more fun to your search process!







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