4 Things You Need to Know Before You Rent
So you’re ready to rent a new space. Maybe you’ve gotten a job that requires you to move to another city, or you’re getting married and now need a residence for two. But whether this is your first or fifth time renting a living space, there are some things you need to know.
What are you looking for? What’s your budget? Who is your landlord? What’s outside?
What are you looking for?
In our article ‘Private or Shared?’ we talk about all the options you have in terms of a living space. Do you want a private room, or is a shared room okay? Do you want to have an entire place to yourself? Are you okay sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities? Do you even need kitchen facilities (eating out is always an option!)
Having an idea of how you want to live will help you narrow down your options. Consider what will make you happy in the place you’ll be living in. Do you like sharing chores? Do you need peace and quiet to recharge? Do you need a big space for all your belongings? Is the most important thing for you to be able to get to work on time, even if it means availing of a bedspace instead of a condo?
Your answer to these questions will help you determine the kind of space you need – if you like company and socializing, maybe a shared space is best. If need space and quiet in order to focus on work, then you’ll need a place of your own.
At bedsandrooms.ph, you can filter listings based on property type, living preferences, and location. So even if you don’t have a clear idea yet of where you want to live, you can explore the different filters until you have a clearer idea of what’s available for you.
What’s your budget?
Now that you have an idea of what you’re looking for, it’s time to consider whether it fits your budget.
At bedsandrooms.ph, you can arrange listings based on your budget. Don’t worry – we have a wide variety of listings that will be friendly to your wallet.
When making up a budget for a living space, think about how much money you have, and how much of it you want to save for other needs.
Besides your regular weekly or monthly needs, like groceries and phone payments, what else do you need to consider? Are you saving up for a house, somewhere down the line? Do you have to pay a regular premium for you life insurance policy? Do you have pets, and need to consider their food, vet bills, and comfort as well?
Once you have an idea of this, where are you willing to cut costs? Would you be willing to live in a smaller space, or a shared space, in order to save funds? Would you consider living somewhere a bit further off from the office if it costs less?
It depends on what your priorities are, and how you want to style your life around these goals.
Who is your landlord?
You want a landlord who will make the process of renting as easy and pain-free as possible.
It’s important to iron out the essential details – how much, when, and how you’ll play rent, as well as what the amenities of the space are. These can all be done over messaging, or email. But before you commit, make sure you’ve had at least one real conversation with your landlord, preferably face to face.
Ask them how long they’ve been a landlord, if they manage any other property, and how their experience in those areas have been. You can also ask about how they’ve dealt with problems in the past, including problematic renters. They are also a good source of information on what else is in the area – are you looking for a nearby laundromat, or internet cafe, or eatery? Your landlord will be able to tell you.
If your landlord gives you peace of mind that you are safe and secure within the residential space, you have a lot less to worry about. And if you ever encounter problems (late rent payments, or problems with the amenities), then you don’t have to hesitate bringing this up with them.
Before you make that downpayment, try to visit the space itself first. After all, it’s one thing to see all the arrangements and amenities written down online, and it’s another to be in the space in real life.
Inside the space, take a look at all the amenities that you’ll be making regular use of. Make sure that the taps are all running, that the electricity is uninterrupted, and that the wifi is easy to pick up. Check how much sound carries through the walls, so you know how much noise you can expect from your neighbors, or the traffic outside.
And don’t forget to take a walk outside as well. Location is important to consider when you’re thinking of how long your commute to work or school will be, but it’s also going to be your immediate neighborhood for as long as you’re renting the space.
Is the area where the building is in a safe area? Are there streetlights outside so that it’s well-lit at night? Are there convenience stores or groceries nearby? Does the area have a lot of eateries or cafes? Is there space to park? Or is it easy to commute from the place? These will help determine how convenient your life will be in that area, and how easily you will be able to live the way you want to.