Four Tips for First-Time Renters

September 28, 2022

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Finding a new home can be a daunting process, especially the first time around. Here are some tips first-time renters can consider when searching for a place to live:

1. Research the area.

Take some time to learn about the neighborhood or area of town where you would live. You can consider local school districts, public parks, libraries, and distances to critical services like fire or police stations, to name a few.

2. Consider your neighbors.

Are there a lot of families in your building or are the renters mostly single people? Do many people have pets? Does the environment seem quiet or is it more active and noisy? The landlord might be able to answer questions about the current tenants so you can get a feel for who is living next door.

3. Ask about appliances, utilities, and renters insurance.

Check to see how appliance repairs and replacements are handled. If the tenants are responsible for certain tasks, that’s something you’ll want to be aware of before moving in. You can also ask the landlord about how utilities are handled and if you’ll be charged for common areas such as hallways and laundry rooms. Lastly, check if you’re required to purchase renters insurance. If so, it’s important to know how much coverage you need.

4. Read your lease thoroughly.

Read your lease carefully and make sure that all of your questions have been answered by the landlord.

With some preparation, you can minimize stress while finding a new home that meets your wants and needs. Looking for a renters insurance quote? Request one online or visit us at 426 N. Pine Street in Ellensburg.