Renting can be so hectic, especially if you’re in a hurry. Sure, most of the obvious things you’re looking for aren’t hard to remember—but there are plenty of other things that might slip your mind during this stressful time. Here’s a list of five things you should keep in mind when checking out your new rental prospects.
- How’s the mobile reception?
Check every room in the place—you know that one friend, who only has reception when her fridge is open and she stands on one foot? Yeah, you don’t want to be that friend, do you? Also, don’t forget to check your work phone as well—and if you’re renting with your bestie or your other half? Have them check too—it can vary by network and there is nothing more annoying than not being able to use your phone at home.
- How’s the water pressure/heat?
Again, valid for every room in the house and you should check both hot and cold. In fact, don’t just check every room, check the bath taps and showerhead. You don’t want your first shower after a sweaty move-in day to be a lukewarm drizzly disappointment after all.
- What’s the plug situation?
More than ever, you need to know where your plugs are! Make sure there’s enough outlets in each room—and test them before you move in. Of course, your landlord is going to fix them if they don’t work, but wouldn’t you rather have that taken care of before you settle in to relax after carrying all those boxes?
- Try out the traffic!
Drive through the area during different times of day and different times of the week to see what it’s like during rush hour. If there are schools in the vicinity, check out the traffic during their peak times as well.
- Check the windows…
Make sure the double glazing is up to the job if the new place is on a busy road or near a busy area and don’t let in drafts. Not only is a rattling window likely to rattle your nerves, it’s also going to drive up your heating costs. Poor double glazing will mean the noise level outside is more noticeable day and night which can lead to sleepless nights if you’re in a busy part of town.
- Suss out the neighbourhood.
Make some small talk with neighbours and business owners nearby. Ask how long people have lived there, what events take place in the area, etc. If it seems like a place that has a high turnaround rate, you might want to reconsider.
- Ask about parking.
You probably already have asked about your personal parking needs, if you have any… but don’t forget about guests!