Things to check before renting a property

The prospect of finding and moving into a new flat is always exhilarating to both new and seasoned tenants. But never jump head first into a new lease without first carrying out an in-depth inspection of the property. Failure to do so can leave you with an unnecessary amount of things to deal with. You should always insist on viewing a property before signing on the dotted line. In addition to being able to spot potential issues, you will avoid the risk of falling for rental scams. Below is a list of things to check before renting a property.

1. Doors and windows

First on the agenda, be sure to check that all the doors and windows work perfectly. More so in the case of sliding doors and windows. Secondly, ensure  the safety of your family by making certain that locks, doorknobs and any fasteners are functional. If anything is questionable or not up to standard , be sure to bring this to the landlord’s attention.

2. Walls and floors

Bear in mind that any cracks in the walls or floors could be signs of poor workmanship and bad structural integrity. Also, be on the lookout for any water damage or watermarks. Such damage indicates that something is leaking somewhere, which means that mould, mildew, or rot could set in.

3. Crime

Crime is a reality and an everyday concern, this it’s important to know the area you could end up living in. Evaluate the security features of the property, for example, is the property’s access controlled by a guard or does it have an alarm system. The property’s proximity to the local police station is crucial and of paramount importance. Also ask the police and residents of that area what crime is like in the area.

4. Parking

With space constraints especially in and around the city ensure your rental property comes with dedicated parking. Parking arrangements should definitely be on your list of things to check out. Remember to ask whether the property comes with allocated parking and whether there is an additional cost for this.

5. Noise levels

Noise is something that could make living in a certain area or space extremely unpleasant. Therefore take a moment to listen to the neighbourhood and surrounding noise levels both at night and during the day. Note how loud the traffic is, whether there are barking dogs or how easy it is to hear your neighbours.

These are just some of the factors to be aware of when property-hunting. There are many others, like:

  • checking for signs of pests
  • making a note of how easy the property was to find
  • looking at the upkeep of communal areas.

Carefully taking these factors into account when viewing potential properties can help you find the right property. Once the lease is signed, you’re in it for the long haul so make sure that the property you choose doesn’t have any major issues.

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