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How to Avoid Rental Regret

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Marina Shlomov - Thursday, December 4, 2014

Suggestions on How to Avoid Rental Regret
by Your Decatur Property Management Company

You spend a lot of time in your home and want it to be just right; however, sometimes you can feel like you are under a lot of pressure when you’re looking at Stone Mountain or Decatur rental properties. If you have a fast-approaching lease end or you are under another tight deadline, it’s easy to pick house rentals you won’t enjoy long-term. Follow these tips to avoid regretting your final choice.

Think on It

When you’re caught up in the moment looking at Stone Mountain or Decatur rental homes, it’s not a good time to rush the signing of the lease. Instead, go home and think about it at least until the next day. Sometimes you may remember a detail that can make or break your level of satisfaction after you leave.  Waiting 24 hours gives you an out if you need it.

Set a Strict Budget

Before you even start looking at rental properties, it’s important to know how much you can spend. Because house rentals usually have a fixed price, it’s not worth falling in love with a place you can’t afford. Setting your budget ahead of time will ensure you don’t regret how much rent you have to pay in a few months.

Create a List

You’re the only one who knows exactly what you want in a home. Make a list of what you must have in Decatur rental properties so you know what you are looking for. You don’t have to settle for a place that doesn’t fit your picture of the “perfect” home. Having a list in front of you will help you make a better decision.

Check out Everything

Some renters easily overlook the basic amenities and then are dissatisfied once they move in. Make sure you look at and ask questions about parking, laundry facilities, storage space, pools and other amenities. You don’t want to move into your new place and find out your parking spot is on the other side of the building or your rental home didn’t include additional storage space for all your extras.

Bring Someone Along

Having a second pair of ears and eyes can be a valuable asset in making the right choice. Even if you will be living alone, you need someone who knows you well and can help you decide whether you will be happy living in specific house rentals. An outside perspective can ensure you make the smart choice the first time.

Consider the Neighborhood

Finding the right Stone Mountain rental home isn’t just about the perfect home, yard or amenities. The neighborhood in which the home is located can play a vital role in your satisfaction. Take a walk around the neighborhood and research it online. Make sure the neighborhood fits your personality and your needs, particularly if you have children.

While it’s important to always read through the lease thoroughly before signing, there are other things you should do to reduce the risk of rental regret. Even if you are pressed for time, take it slow and give yourself the space to make this important decision. After all, when you rent, you will likely live in the home for at least a year.

If you are looking for the best rental properties in Georgia, contact us. We can help you find the perfect rental properties to meet your needs.

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