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Top 10 Rental Living Tips When Looking for an Apartment

Aug 5, 2019 4:59:09 PM / by Hignell Rentals Team

rental ads pinned to a cork boardAre you looking for a new apartment in Chico or Redding? Rental living can be a very fun and rewarding experience. What is generally not so much fun though is finding a place to stay. There are so many variables and questions to consider that it all gets confusing and frustrating. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Knowing what to look for and what questions to ask can make searching for a new apartment fun, easy and exciting.

The following 10 tips will help you in your search for an apartment.

1.   Act and look professional

Your apartment manager wants to know they're renting the place to the right kind of person. So dress nicely and play the part. Think of it like an interview. Leave the old ball cap at home. Don’t chew gum. Turn off your cell phone. There are probably many people looking to rent that same unit. Presenting yourself as well as you can will help make you memorable.

2.   Bring your checkbook

If you like the place and want to rent it right then before someone else does, there will be fees to pay immediately. You'll need to have a way to pay for this. You may be asked for money for a credit check, a security deposit, first month's rent and maybe even last month's rent. Be prepared to pay.

3.   Interact with a neighbor

If you can talk to someone living near the unit you may be renting, you can find out valuable information from them. Does the couple living next to you fight all the time? Does the neighbor above play bass in a band? Ask questions about the area and the apartment manager. Get a feel for the place before you even sign the lease.

4.   Secure a parking spot

Many apartments don't have assigned parking but some do. Secure your spot if they have specific places for you to park. This can make a big difference, especially for rental living, when it comes to hauling in groceries or on days with inclement weather. 

5.   Set a budget

You should have a budget set beforehand on how much you can afford for an apartment in Chico or Redding. Financial experts say a best practice is to spend 1/3 of your gross income on housing. If you make $3,000 per month that means you can pay up to $1,000 for an apartment. Stick to this percentage.

6.   Deal with credit issues

A bad credit report will reflect poorly on you. Fix your credit before you try to rent an apartment. This may mean living with Mom and Dad or bunking on a friend's couch for a bit, but it will be worth it in the long run.

7.   Read the rental agreement

Your rental agreement is a legally binding document. Read it carefully and then read it again! Don't be caught off guard because you did not read the fine print.

8.   Get renter's insurance

First of all renter's insurance is fairly inexpensive. Think about're living in a complex with hundreds of other people. You're trusting all of them to be honest, trustworthy and to not leave a candle burning. Be prepared. Protect yourself.

9.   Make a few friends

You want to know a few people you can trust. You might want them to take care of your pet while you're gone or just to keep an eye on the place. Find a pal and get to know your neighbors.

10.  Relax and enjoy

You followed all the rules and steps. Start your search online, find a property you like, and enjoy rental living in apartments in Chico or Redding.

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Topics: Rental Living

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