Renting a home is usually expensive and getting a good deal can be a difficult task —but with the right strategy, you can save some money.
There are many areas in the country where rents are high. The high demand for rental property has also increased the prices, but getting a good deal is still possible. Here are some things you should consider:
Avoid corporate complexes
Try to find an apartment where you will be able to deal directly with the owner or the manager because they value long-term and reliable lenders, so you will be able to negotiate a better deal.
Know the neighborhood
Determine your ideal neighborhood and find out which properties are for rent. If you find a house that’s older, you will increase your chances of negotiating a good deal.
Be the “perfect tenant”
It is important to show a clean, professional appearance and make a good impression. But not only that, but it is also important to have a good credit record, a stable job history and a solid rental history. If one of those things is missing, the landlord might not take you into account.
Be prepared to negotiate
Renting an apartment is business and you would be surprised at how much money you can save if you negotiate. You should be prepared to ask for a month free or a lower monthly rate in exchange for a longer lease. You can also see if there’s a possibility of doing some maintenance in exchange for a better deal.
Read the lease before signing
We all know this, but in the rush of the moment, we tend to not read at all. Make sure you read carefully, especially the fine print, and ask all the questions before signing. If it’s not clear from reading, ask you will pay extra for utilities, if the water is included, if there are parking restrictions and if you can sublet, for example.