Rent with confidence: Your guide to finding the perfect home

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Rent with Confidence

Your guide to finding the perfect home

The Renting Process Application Checklist

Don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back every step of the way:

1. Determine your budget (including any utilities or charges)

2. Set aside a deposit equal to four months rent. Most aparments will require you to put down first months rent and last months rent up-front and will require a security deposit and broker fee, each equal to another months rent.

3. Determine your non-negotiables. Do you require in-unit laundry? What about off-street parking? How many beds/baths do you really need? Is your location negotiable?

4. Tour aptartments. You can’t always judge a space virtually. Bring a tape measure to ensure your furniture will fit in the space. See if there really is as much natural light as you think.

5. Be prepared to act fast. In a hot market, homes rent quickly. Once you find a place you lovesubmit a lease application and be prepared to provide information for a credit check. Have your income verification ready. Consult with your realtor about ways to strengthen your application.

6. Once an application is accepted, be ready to sign a lease.

Determine your timeline

Confirm your budget

Research your ideal location(s)

Choose your non-negotiables

Tour properties

Set aside funds for a deposit

Submit application

Sign lease

Move in!

Understanding Your Lease

Signing a lease can be an overwhelming task if you have never done so before. A lease has all kinds of vital information in it, including what repairs you’ll be responsible for, the penalties for late rent, security deposit terms, and even the terms for breaking the lease. I will make sure that you understand the nuances of what you are signing so that you do not find yourself in a bad position financially or one that violates your rights as a real estate tenant.

Before & After the Move

Signing a lease is only the beginning. In order to be fully prepared for move in day, there is still plenty to do to ensure you have your ducks in a row. From helping you locate a moving company to pointing you in the right direction for renters insurance, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Hire a moving company

Update car registration and license address

Purchase renters insurance

File change of address with USPS

Schedule utility changes

Register to vote

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