Looking for your new home is tiresome- looking at different properties, talking to different people and asking all sorts of questions about the house. We know this is really exhausting especially if it’s the first time so to help you out- we’ve made a simple but comprehensive for you that should serve as guide when searching for your new home.
Environment: First on the list is your neighborhood- What’s it like? Would you consider moving in to that type of neighborhood? How do you feel about it?
- Is your neighbor’s place available at Airbnb? Check it out online as strangers might be a common occurrence.
- Is it a safe neighborhood? What are you neighbors like? Are they friendly?
- Is it a noisy neighborhood or any other possible nuisances? Would you be able to rest properly?
- Is there a good transport system? How bad is the traffic (if you are to drive your car) or how far are you from the bus stop (if you were to commute)?
*Ask the landlord about the neighborhood and try to talk to a few people in the neighborhood. This should tell you a lot about the people you will be encountering daily.
House Exterior: If you are good with your neighbors then consider the quality of your new home.
- Is the outside properly maintained? (lawn, driveway, garage, fences)
- Is the exterior painted? Does it require new paint?
- Are there any holes, rotten or loose boards on the porch flooring/fences? Are repairs needed?
- Does the roof Leak? (check for holes or breaks)
- Are windows and door locks in good condition? Are they good quality locks?
- Is there Burglar alarms or Fire alarms?
*Remember to ask who does the maintenance- Will it be you who will be paying for any carpentry needs? Who will pay for lawn/garden maintenance (if there is)? The house should be in good condition and cleaned before you move in.
House Interior: Observe the quality of the inside and be vigilant of any molds or other smells. Immediately point it out to the landlord if you see something and you can also ask how the landlord thinks about the place.
- Check the ceilings for signs of molds or dampness and this includes paint flaking on the walls. (any sign of this means a leaky roof or a crack in the wall)
- Does the interior need a new wallpaper or require painting?
- Are windows and doors undamaged?
- Is the furniture or appliances in good condition?
- Is there central heating or air conditioning?
- Any signs of faulty wiring? Check plugs, sockets and lights.
- Is there good water pressure? Is hot water available?
- Any leaks under the kitchen sink?
- Check cupboards and kitchen wares if in good condition
- Does the toilet flush properly? Any kind of smell?
- Does the shower in the bathroom work properly? Check condition of bathtub if there is
*Ask your landlord if you can re-paint, re-decorate or simply change anything as you see fit…
Remember to check everything from your neighborhood to the outside and inside of the house and you should be covered by utilizing this checklist. If you’re skeptical about the properties you’ve checked out or simply want to choose from well-maintained and managed homes then check out houses for rent in Corvallis Oregon. Duerksen & Associates, Inc. your trusted investment realty firm in Corvallis have continued provide exemplary services in quality home management for our tenants. Expect the best living experience in a friendly neighborhood with rents and maintenance requests in just a few clicks! Your new home is just a ring away!