Tips to Find a Home to Rent
Finding a home to rent can sometimes be a difficult process. However, there are some steps that you can take to help you in your search. Here are some tips to find a home to rent:
Decide what kind of place you want. Do you want to live alone? With roommates? In an apartment building or a house? Be specific about what kind of living situation would suit your needs best.
Consider your budget. How much are you willing to spend on rent each month? You may need to pay as much as half of your income on rent alone (or more), so make sure that amount fits within your budget before moving forward with any applications or leases.
Consider how much space you need. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do your family members need? Do they all want their own room or would they be happy sharing? These questions will help determine how large or small a house or apartment should be when considering rentals.
Determine if there are amenities nearby that are important to you. Do you want access to public transportation or should your new home be located near stores and restaurants? Look online or ask neighbours about what kinds of things are popular among residents in the area. This will help narrow down your search results so that only houses with those features remain on your list of possibilities.
Start by looking at apartment listings online. You can also look at classifieds in your local newspaper or even on Craigslist or Kijiji. Once you’ve found a few places that interest you, call the landlords to schedule a viewing appointment.
Once you’ve seen the apartment and decided that it’s something that will work for you, ask questions about any policies or rules that may affect your tenancy. If you’re planning on having pets or children, make sure the landlord knows this ahead of time so there isn’t any confusion later on.
Get references from previous landlords and employers if possible — it shows the landlord that you’re responsible and reliable. They’ll also be able to tell them more about your history as a tenant and make sure that there aren’t any problems with renting an apartment to someone with credit issues or bad references from previous landlords/employers.
Get pre-approved for a mortgage by talking with a lender who specializes in loans for first-time homebuyers (link). This will assure landlords that you have the financial means to pay rent on time each month — which is important because missing even one payment could result in being evicted from the property.