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Things to Look For in A Rental Property

Things to Look For in A Rental Property

15 Things to Look For in A Rental Property

Looking for a new place doesn't have to be overwhelming and stressful if you know what to look for in a rental property. What do renters look for in an apartment? Below are 15 things tenants usually look for.

1. Strategic Location

Location is the number #1 priority for most tenants. They prefer to stay in a property that is close to establishments — shops, workplaces, schools, entertainment, dining, and hospitals. When a rental apartment is strategically located, it's easier for them to get from Point A to Point B. They can save time and money. 

a group of people crossing a street in a city

2. Available Parking

It can be inconvenient and stressful when you do not have parking. This is why most tenants want a rental property that already includes parking. Parking that's reserved for them is even better — that way they wouldn't have to worry that all parking slots are occupied. 

3. Natural Lighting

Who wants to live in a home that looks so gloomy and dark? Having artificial lights is good but nothing beats natural light. It will make the entire space brighter, happier, and livelier. Tenants may look for a rental property with bigger windows or glass walls. This isn't a priority but they may prefer homes with more natural light in them. 

4. Furnished Apartment

Designing an apartment, buying appliances or replacing bathroom fixtures can be costly and time-consuming. Tenants prefer a rental property where everything is ready. All they need is to just take their belongings with them. 

Younger tenants may want furnished apartments while a family of four may just prefer a renovated one, where they won't have to do a lot of work.

a living room with a white couch and a white coffee table

5. Pet-Friendly

Some people consider pets as part of their families. They would want to move to a place where their new loved ones are welcome. Not all rental property owners allow pets in their apartments but there are those that don't really mind having your furry friends around. For example, Olde Towne Village is a pet-friendly apartment. We allow up to two pets in our apartments — both a pet dog and a cat. 

6. Quality Schools

Tenants with children prefer rental properties with good quality schools just within the neighborhood. They want to be certain that their children are in good hands. Most importantly, it's always better not to have to always drive your kids to a long-distance location. You can save a lot of time when it's just within a short drive and you are certain that your children are getting a good education.

7. Smart Appliances and Fixtures

Today, most homeowners prefer a home with energy-saving appliances and water-saving fixtures. These devices are not only efficient but they can also save you money in the long run. It reduces the chances of having to call a plumber or another technician for a costly repair. If a rental property is furnished with tankless water heaters or dual flush toilets, tenants are more likely to choose them over other rental apartments. 

8. Well-Maintained Home

When a home is well-maintained, that means that you won't have to worry about calling a professional for repairs or other issues. Maintenance includes insulating the home, fixing doors and windows, plumbing maintenance, and just general home maintenance. 
Ask your landlord how often they do maintenance in their rental properties. Once every 6 months or a year should be okay. 

a person sitting in front of a pile of meat

9. Utility Costs

Although not all rental properties offer utility costs as part of the rent every month, some tenants do still want to have the utility costs covered. If this isn't covered in the rental property, think of ways to save money like looking for energy-saving appliances and water-saving fixtures. 

10. Amenities

Amenities such as a lap pool clubhouse or a park are wonderful. List some of the amenities that you want to have while living in a rental home and check whether the apartment that you like have them.

11. Trustworthy Landlords

Who wants to work with a landlord who isn't professional? If your landlord is always on time, is professional, always delivers and values you as a tenant, rest assured that he is trustworthy. 

12. Newer Properties

Tenants do not want to live in a home that needs constant repairs. This is usually the case with very old rental properties. Ask your landlord when the building was built and if it's new then put it on your shortlist of a good place to live in Indiana.

13. Outdoor Space

Outdoor spaces let you have a barbecue with friends or a bonfire. While this isn't really one of the top priorities, some tenants would prefer to have their own outdoor space where they can invite friends and other family members. 

a patio with a table and chairs on it

14. Spacious 

With a spacious apartment, you can freely move around and there is no need to worry about where to place the new closet or sofa you bought. 

15. Lease Agreement

Tenants would want to know what is covered in the lease agreement such as the things that are allowed or not allowed on the property. For example, painting another wall color or installing other fixtures. 
Before signing anything, make sure that you read and understand the leasing agreement and you know what can change and can't change.

To get the best apartment, it's important that you know what to look for in a rental property. Otherwise, you may end up with something that you do not want. Let us know what your needs are and we are more than happy to assist.