Many of us made New Year’s resolutions last month to put more money in the bank every month, and if you’re still not saving as much as you’d like, it’s a good idea to take a look at your utility usage. Winter, after all, can be your most expensive season when it comes to utilities. Do you live in a rental where the cost of utilities varies from month to month? Here is a look at some simple ways you can save on utilities in your rental. (more…)
One major decision you have to make as a property manager is whether or not you are going to allow your renters to have pets. And even when you do decide you want to allow pets, there are a variety of concerns and accommodations you’ll want to consider. Here is a look at what to consider and how to accommodate when you allow your tenants to have pets. (more…)
Now that daylight savings time has kicked in, we’re all looking out our windows in astonishment when 6pm brings total darkness. The long, dark nights and freezing temperatures drive us all indoors. We’re left fretting in our houses, getting blue, missing the sun. (more…)
When searching for a new home, some of us have a hard time even knowing where to get started. Most listing sites will make you start with choosing what kind of property you’re looking for, whether that’s an apartment in a high rise, a unit in a multi-family home, a single family home, a condo, or townhouse.
Remember that each kind of property can come in a wide variety of styles. For example, a unit in a multi-family house could be anything from your own detached guest house to a couple rooms in the basement. Take a good look at each property’s listing, and don’t assume that just because it’s a single-family house, it will have all of the advantages that you’re expecting. However, this rough guide could give you a starting point, and some ideas for considerations you’ll need to think about with each kind of property. (more…)
With one quick visit, it can be hard to tell how a new place will work out. However, there are some creative solutions that can give you a better idea of what you’re looking for. Try out these tips while you’re hunting for a new rental property.
1. Go to the Bathroom
When you do your apartment visit, take some time to be a little nosy and explore the bathroom by yourself. For one thing, this gives you a moment away from the pressure of the realtor, manager, or landlord. Alone, you can get a real feel for the place, and gather yourself. For another, the bathroom is one place where the real workings of a home are exposed.
Take time to check the function of the toilet, the sounds of the pipes, and even the water pressure. That’s right, go ahead and turn on the shower and see how it feels. There’s nothing worse than locking yourself into a lease for a year of terrible showers. (more…)
So your living situation is temporary. That doesn’t mean that it can’t feel like home! One of the most common dilemmas of renters is that they are unable to make changes to suit their personal aesthetic.
It’s true that you don’t want to make changes that will take a chunk out of your deposit. A lot of remodel details alter the property and are a huge problem for your landlord to deal with as soon as you move out. However, if you get creative, there are plenty of ways to make your place feel like home quickly, and without impacting the property.
Over the past several years, we have seen a dramatic rise in rental prices across the country, as people are paying more and more to rent property, rather than utilize other housing options. Indeed, this current pricing structure is the highest level of rent-to-income proportions since the 1950’s. Nearly half of all renters are currently paying more of their income than what was traditionally considered affordable (below 30%). Like most rising prices, there is an array of factors that could be contributing to this latest spike, as well as a few that might actually drive it back down. Here is some information about renters and rising prices… (more…)
Sometimes, it can be stressful to rent property when you afraid that you could be held legally and financially accountable to many of the inadvertent disasters that can happen to your home. This is certainly understandable! However, there is a solution that can help renters have a little peace of mind during the duration of their lease. That solution is renters insurance. Most places that rent property to live in will offer renters insurance to their residents. Here’s some of the benefits that renters insurance is able to provide… (more…)
There are many different reasons why someone might want to break their lease, and very few of them aren’t born of circumstance. There are many situations, however, that can make this a difficult process. This is why it is very important to figure out a plan for breaking a lease as early as you can. At the very least, having a good reason for it will make your landlord more likely to work with you. Here’s some tips on the process of breaking your lease… (more…)
So, you’re renting an apartment or townhome, and you want to make it feel more like a home. Renting property is extremely convenient for those who are always on the move and for those who are waiting to buy a home, but one major downside to renting is how it can put restrictions on how you decorate. The good news? There is almost always a workaround, and your rental can feel like a home. Here are some tips to organizing and decorating your rental space so that it is truly a place that you can call home. (more…)