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6 Things to Consider Before You Rent

By October 16, 2019 October 22nd, 2019 No Comments
A Yellow Lightbulb that is considering rental options

Looking through all the property management’s rental options and think you’ve found the right place? That may be, but have you considered these few things before submitting your application and paying the fees? See why these considerations should be at the top of your list before signing any documents.

  1. Parking
  2. Utilities
  3. Amenities
  4. Space
  5. Location
  6. Perks

Parking

It’s hard to look at the parking lot when you’ve been dazzled by the interior of the rental. However, this will become a big issue for you down the road if you don’t consider your parking options. Some Boise property management companies only allow one car in a designated parking spot. If you are living with multiple people or have a spouse, then they may have to park in guest spaces or pay extra for another reserved spot. Take note of how full the parking lot is in your neighborhood or apartment community at night and during the day.

Utilities

Ah yes, lovely internet, water, and electricity bills. When I say double check, I mean double check all of what is included in your base rent price. Sometimes your utilities are included in the rent, but this could mean that the list price says $1000 when it is actually another +$50 for gas and water. Know your budget and keep in mind that not all the utilities you want will be incorporated into the list price of the rental.

A common utility to overlook is the internet. Do your research on internet companies near you to find out if they service your rental’s location. People can’t live without wifi nowadays after all.

Amenities

Got a furry friend? Some rentals are more pet-friendly than others. Check for backyard space or a nearby park when bringing along a buddy. A big driving factor may be that you have to have A/C or a washer & dryer in your rental too. Make a list of your must-have amenities and rank them by what is most important to you. Some property management companies will have a list already mentioned in the description.

Space

Square footage, backyard space, closet space, you name it. It’s a huge deal when looking at the amount of clothes you have or the number of people you’re living with. Sometimes a rental’s square footage can be deceiving, so it is always a good idea to go and take a look at it. Some builders are very skilled at making the best use of small spaces. Only you will know how much space is livable for you.
Take into consideration the size of the furniture you plan to purchase and the dimensions of each piece. Nothing is worse than finding an awesome sectional, only to find out it doesn’t fit.

Location

Your apartment may be in a cheaper location, but is shopping and your job location in a good spot relative to where you’ll be living? It can be tempting to look farther and farther out from your target zone when trying to get a cheaper price. Is it really worth the gas and inconvenience of errands? Not really. It’s worth it more than you think to pay extra for convenience.

Perks

Property management companies in Idaho will sometimes have small perks that come with renting from them. It could be anything that makes your life just a little bit sweeter when living there. Some examples are cable, recreational areas, horseshoe pits, wifi, or vinyl floors as opposed to carpet. These small perks will have you going, “Wow, well isn’t this so nice!”.

A personal favorite is the ability to pay rent online using the property management’s website. DJW property management, for instance, provides this perk for their renters. Others may also include an area where you can submit maintenance requests and sign documents online.

Property Management Idaho

If you plan on moving to Idaho anytime soon, then I would take a look at some of your rental options before coming to this beautiful state. That link provides you with available rental properties in Eagle, Nampa, Meridian, Boise, and more! Don’t forget to read all the fine print and consider all of the above considerations so you can live your best life knowing you’ve made the right choice.