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How to choose

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ooking for a new home to rent? If you can decide ahead of time what you’re looking for, this will help you narrow your search and avoid tearing out your hair later. Invest a little time now to determine what factors are most important to you it will be worth it!

START THE HUNT

First, never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth. Your friends or co-workers may know of a house that is up for rent. Let people know you are searching for an home, and they may be able to help you. Second, look through the local newspaper for rental listings. You

a new rental could also call property management companies that have apartments in different buildings. Sometimes, real estate magazines contain up-to-date information about rentals in your area. Finally, online sites or other rental search tools can be incredibly helpful. However, beware of sites that charge a fee to view

listings. You should be able to find what you need without paying any fees.

Read the lease in full, and make sure you ask any questions you may have before signing. This can help you avoid any problems with your rental in the future. When you find a listing that fits your budget and needs, call or email for more information. If your correspondence with the renter or company is positive, make an appointment for you and your family to see the home. This next step, visiting a house, is the most important aspect of your search. Here are a few tips to help you along.

THE TOUR

We manage some of the areas most desirable rentals. Our progressive staff understands that consistently working to improve the quality of service and attention to detail are the best ways to provide comfortable communities for the people who have chosen our rentals. Our tenants feel comfortable knowing that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they will be able to reach a qualified employee who will promptly address any maintenance issue as it relates to their safety or the integrity of your property.

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You’ll want to arrive early to drive through the neighborhood. Make sure that the surrounding area is clean and feels safe. Check whether the parking situation meets your and your family’s needs. Make sure the home is not adjacent to any noisy venues or major roads that will

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have a lot of traffic during the night hours. Be on the look-out

for any concerns in the neighborhood immediately surrounding the house. When you arrive at the house, make sure the exterior is in good condition. In the house itself, look for clean carpet, updated appliances, good lighting, and properly opening windows. Make note of any maintenance issues you find; minor things are OK, but treat major problems as a warning sign. Ask how the landlord cleans and preps the home between tenants. Finally, consider security issues. Are the locks working properly? Are there security alarms and fire alarms in the house?

MAKE THE DECISION

After viewing the home and considering these questions, you are ready to sit down with your family and discuss the merits of the home together. It is very important to view a few different homes to get a few different perspectives to consider. Once you’ve found a good fit for all of you, it is time to consider the lease. Read the lease in full, and make sure you ask any questions you may have before signing. This can help you avoid any problems with your rental in the future. Keep a copy of the signed lease for your records. Following these steps will help you and your family to find a home quickly and efficiently. Keeping the lines of communication open is key to not only the rental search, but to living happily as well.

Our business is to provide our clients with management solutions that help their properties operate smoothly, increase in desirability and enhance investment value. That’s why property owners throughout the area depend on us to help achieve their goals of property performance and profitability. Whether your properties are apartments, single family homes, duplexes, commercial developments, or office spaces for growing companies, our company ensures that your property is well managed to attract and retain tenants.

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Contact Lori today at

970-596-1240 or visit www.ravrentals.com

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