Getting your first apartment can be exciting, but it can also quickly turn into a nightmare of hidden costs and financial pitfalls. For those who have rented before, it becomes far easier to avoid costs and to know what to look for in a new place, but where do you start when it’s your first time?
Understanding the snares that trap first time renters can help avoid costs, extra time and loss of your peace-of-mind.
Read the Lease
While it may seem like a good idea in the moment, it’s not a good idea to simply skim your lease agreement. This is the first and biggest mistake most first time renters make. When talking to a potential landlord, they will often word agreements verbally in a way that seems agreeable, but they are working in service of their own profits most times.
Take a Good Look at the Place
In the excitement of your very own place, you may just skim the area. It is important to look at more than how much space you have. Instead, check for damage and have it indicated on a legal document that the damage occurred before your move-in.
Also, check the security and if the doors and locks work well. It is also important to check water pressure that the bigger appliances work, and that the burners of the stove come on.
Put Everything in Writing
Don’t leave important agreements up to hoping your landlord is a good person.
This is especially important when you own a pet. A lot of first time renters assume if a lease doesn’t say they can’t have a pet, they are fine to move their furry family members in. Having it in writing protects you from having a huge issue down the line and will help clarify the contingencies of your pet agreement, such as how much extra you pay and how many pets are allowed. Other financial agreements should also be clearly written out on a formal document to ensure your agreement holds up.
Buy the Right Renters Insurance
Renter’s insurance can be difficult to figure out, and not all insurance brokers are on your side. If a water pipe breaks, you could lose out on all the new furniture you just spent your savings on. However, be sure to look over every word of the insurance agreement. Be sure to understand what type of insurance you have and under what circumstances, and not just how much value for which you are covered under the policy.
If the ink is still wet on your first apartment’s lease, contact your ABCO agent to make sure you have the renters insurance you need to protect yourself and your assets. Contact us today!