Before making a move , know what you’re getting yourself into
You are set to leave home and find your own space.This can be exciting but at the sametime can be overwhelming.
Here is what you need to know as you come face to face with legal documents,deposits,removal costs and whole lot more
Where to live:if you are new to the area chat with the people who live there,ask about pros and cons of the neighbourhood.What are the facilities-shops,malls,restaurants,parking,public transport and parks?
Which are is inexpensive and which is more costly?What is security like?How long will you commute to work be?You can also use google search to find out the distance between here your home will be and the place of your work.
How to find it:Now that you have your surburb, where can you find a place to rent.Websites like gumtree.co.za,property24.com list a wide range of available rentals,where there are online property listing you can also rely on agents and to avoid nasty surprises by checking if you have to pay fee for their services
Take a walk around the area-you might see some rental notices on properties or on shop noticeboards
The next thing you need to look for is what is on offer like is there power,water,waste removals,DSTV and how much are these bills,check drainage facilities and water pressure.
Is there security, a gym or a pool in the block?And if so find out whether they coma at a cost.
For your own security you also need to check whether windows and door are fitted properly with locks,is there alarm and whether the entrance is safe.
Any other rules you need to know about visitors restrictions or quiet hours.
Others things you need to look for include laundry services,lights,decors,noise,pets and storage,parking
When it comes to signing of the lease contract don’t be in a hurry,take your time to read and understand the contents of the lease, and focus on these key areas:-deposit payment and how much is it and whether it is refundable,how much rent will you pay and how often it will be increased and at what percentage,whether there are extra costs on top of rent,whether you can sublease to others,whether the lease ends on a specific date or if its automacally renewed and what happens if you decide to move out before lease period is over.
Please also note that its possible to negotiate before signing and this the best time to request for any work to be done like repainting the walls, requesting for parking bay.Make sure any agreement between you and your landlord should be in writing.
You are ready to move in but before then make sure that you take a tour of the whole house to make sure that everything is in order like no damages on any part of the house and if there is inform the landlord in order for him to fix it before moving in