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Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2019

Finding the perfect home to rent

Whether it’s due to a job offer, or simply a craving for a change in scenery, finding a new home can be both exciting and challenging at the same time. Trawling online agencies and going through listings from property for rent in Dubai to homes in London, the process to finding the perfect home for you is pretty much the same. Before signing that tenancy agreement, make sure your new home meets the following requirements. 

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You only pay for rent and amenities, not maintenance

Some might feel that purchasing a home is much more cost-effective (unless you’ll be staying there permanently), however, maintaining a property comes with its own costs. Therefore, it is important to find a landlord who is dependable and responsible. It would not do if he tries to talk you into maintaining his property for him. If there’s something wrong with the plumbing, that’s something that the landlord has to deal with. Pests, natural disasters, insurance, it should all fall on the shoulders on the tenant instead of you so make sure you are not being suckered into paying for his responsibilities. 

Work out a budget

The first thing you want to look at is budget. There’s no point salivating over something you cannot afford. You should not be spending more than 30% of your income on rent. When doing the math, don’t forget to add amenities, cable, internet and other expenses such as parking or laundry, into that 30%. You should not be allocating more than that percentage of your monthly wages on your living arrangements. 

Think about the features you are after

Perhaps you are a painter and require a room that can be converted into a studio, or maybe you just really love BBQs, in that case you might need a landed property or might want to find one that has BBQ services which some condominiums provide. There are also personal preferences to think about: bath or shower, is a kitchen necessary, et cetera. This will help you better focus on finding a home based on your specifications, rather than signing on the first pretty apartment you see. There should be a checklist of things that you bring to every viewing. 

It’s okay to shop online but not okay to rent online

Check every listing you want but you shouldn’t rent straight away through the internet. Shortlist a few of the most promising ones and always visit the property in person. That way, you can get a feel of how the neighbourhood is, whether you will be comfortable there. And let’s face it, most advertisers will hire professional photographers to make their properties look their best and sometimes, looks can be deceiving. It’s always best to suss out the place in person. 

Are you open to the prospect of housemates? 

This is another important factor to consider when renting. Some people don’t mind sharing a home with a housemate or two, if that can bring down the rental price. However, some would much rather pay more for their own privacy. Really think about it before committing because if you’re not happy with your choice, you’ll have to begin the process all over again.

Author: Ulyati Jaya

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