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Choosing a home to rent can be a very personal decision and trying to decide if a rental property is suitable for you at an open for inspection can be difficult. Especially when you consider how little time you have to look at it and with 15 or more other people viewing it at the same time too.
To help you get the most of what limited time you have to inspect a rental we’ve listed a few practical areas of a house to consider before signing a rental agreement. Helping you avoid overlooking something as necessary as “will my fridge fit in the kitchen”, in the rush of an open house.
Have a look for deadlocks, window locks and other security features. The level of security can make a huge impact on your insurance. Check before going to the inspection with your insurance company for what security features would make a positive or negative impact on your insurance policy.
Where can I store...
Storage can be expensive to buy if you don't have enough of it, and especially so when you move house latter on to a place you no longer need it. Think about where you'll store your bicycle, snowboard when not in use and even your book collection. Is there enough internal and external storage for all your important items? Also have a think about if there is enough pantry space, where will all your linen go and is there somewhere you can put all your cleaning items, including the broom.
Some rental properties are likely to be rented just the way they are when you view them. If there is junk in a garden shed, or the garden needs weeding ask the agent if it will be taken care of before moving in.
The hot and cold of it
Check the types of heating and cooling available. See what rooms it is available in and if it works. Should it not work, ask the agent if and when it will be fixed. Space Step out or measure with a tape measure the rooms. Ensure that not only will your prized designer dining table or antique bed fit in the room, but that you'll actually be able to get it through the door.
Sparky and techy features
The location of the television antenna, powerpoints, telephone and Foxtel outlets can make a difference to the way you layout your furniture and electronics, such as computers and TV's. Make sure that you're happy with the locations.
Will your white goods fit?
Check that there is space in the kitchen for your fridge, dishwasher and other appliances that you like to have out on the bench. See if your washing machine and dryer will fit in the laundry, or if they come with the property. If you like to drip dry your clothes and other items in the laundry, see if there is space.
Green thumb or not?
Have a look around outside in the garden and check what kind of maintainance is required. Ask whether it is expected you maintain the garden or if there is a gardener that comes around. If so, check what their duties are. If you happen to have a green thumb and want to set up a veggie garden, ask if it would okay to do so.
Source : www.realestate.com.au