When you are viewing a rental property with the mind set to move in, there are likely to be a thousand questions running through your head. However, with so much to think about, making sure that you ask the right question isn’t always easy. To help you make sure that you know all the key things for your prospective rental home, here are the top 5 questions that tenants should always ask during a viewing.
What am I responsible for within the property?
When you live in a rental property it is important that you know what you need to take care of. Of course, many of the larger repair and maintenance jobs are going to need to be undertaken by the landlord (or at the least the costs covered by them) however, many rental properties also have some more everyday tasks that the tenant is going to need to do. This includes cleaning windows, mowing the lawn and general upkeep of the garden too. So, it is always worthwhile knowing what would be expected of you right from the very start.
Do you know who lives next door?
The neighbours come as part of the parcel when you are looking for your ideal home. It is usually a good idea to try and get along as best as you can. It is worthwhile asking at a viewing if the agent knows who lives next door. Is it a family? Perhaps it is a house share? You might not be able to get many details at this time, but having a rough idea of what to expect could help to sway your decision.
Is the property unfurnished or furnished?
Rental properties are usually available either unfurnished or furnished. An unfurnished property is empty of furnishings such as sofa’s and beds. A furnished property will include these items. That said, an unfurnished property doesn’t always mean that it is completely empty, usually you will find that an unfurnished property will still come with the large kitchen appliances such as a cooker, washing machine and a fridge. Although you should definitely check this out when it comes to viewing a property.
Can I decorate at all?
Renting a property will usually mean that you have to just accept it as it is. You won't be able to make many changes to the décor. However, that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t at least ask the question. Whilst some landlords are really not keen on the idea of the tenants grabbing a paintbrush and getting to work, there are some that are happy to give them some creative control. It is always a good idea to ask this at the earliest stages, as this may make a difference to the property you choose.
What are the fees?
Moving into a new home costs money, whether you are renting or buying. This means that having some idea of the fees and charges that you are going to have to pay will really help you to budget. Chances are that you will have already looked into the agent fees for the property that you liked, but it is always worthwhile asking the agent to confirm this when you are viewing the property.
As you can see, there are plenty of questions to ask when you view a rental property. Make sure that you find out the information that is most important to you and you can make sure that you find the right home for you and for your family.