There are some things to check on before renting a home. The first thing to check is the average utility bills. You can find this information by calling the utility company and requesting a printout of the last year’s monthly charges. This will give you an idea of what the monthly charges would be for you as well. Renting a home with new windows, doors and insulation will provide lower utility bills, therefore, you should always find out if the home is insulated and check the windows for seals.
You should always check the basement for leaks as well as termite tunnels. Many property owners do not know about the conditions in the basement because they pay more attention to the living quarters. You will want make sure there are hook ups for the washer and dryer, a drain and check the pipes to make sure they are in good condition. The stairs should be in good conditions as well as have a hand railing. Many property owners have no idea what conditions the stairs or railing are in when they are renting a place.
Other things to look for when renting a house are the attic, outside area and a garage if there is one. The attic should be dry and you should not be able to see any outside light coming in through the roof. It is always a good idea to see if there are any vents in the attic, although this is not as important as finding out if there are leaks. The attic should be insulated as well, this cuts down on lost of heat and help to keep the cool air inside if you run an air conditioner.
When renting a house you want everything to be up to standards so you will have an affordable place with all the things need to keep your energy bills down. You some place where you can be comfortable and relaxed in knowing everything is working correctly. If the house you are renting has central air, you want to inspect the unit to make sure it is not corroded or damaged.
Check the neighborhood. You want a safe neighborhood to live in and the only way to do this is by asking the property owner, who may not know or by calling the local police department. Walking through the neighborhood may also give you some clues. You might even see some of the neighbors outside and be able to ask questions.
The closest school and the transit system is another thing to ask about when renting a home. You want your children in a good school or if sending them to a different school, you need to know some information about the buses as well as how often they come through the neighborhood if they do at all in that area. Once you have answers to your important questions, it is always easier to make a decision if the place and area location is right for you.