Great Tips for Renting


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Tip #1 Determining Your Move Date:

After making the decision to rent a home the first thing you need to do is determine your move date. If you look too early you will be wasting time and energy, but if you look too late you might find yourself scrambling. So when should you start your rental search? My recommendation is to call us 14 days prior to your actual move date and start looking 21 days out.

Rental Tip #2:  Determining Your Needs & Wants

Now that you have made the decision to rent a home and your move date is set it is time to figure out your ”Needs & Wants.” Since your budget will most likely dictate the type of home you will be able to rent, it should be at the top of your list. Included in this budget should be how much money you can afford or want to spend each month on rent along with how much you can put down upfront. Due to the lack of quality homes sometimes these two figures will narrow down your options and you will not need an actual “Needs & Wants” list. However it is always smart to be prepared, so come up with a list of other “needs” starting with the most important at the top and do the same for your “wants.”

Rental Tip #3:  Gathering Documentation

Now that your move date is set and you have created a list of needs & wants the next step is to start gathering documentation. Every landlord will require different documentation when you submit a rental offer on their home, but here is a list of what a majority of landlords will require and these are all items you can gather before starting your rental search.

  • Credit Report
  • Recent Paycheck Stub and/or Tax Return (for self employed people)
  • Introduction Letter (If you have bad credit or a unique situation explain why)
  • 1 months bank statements
  • copy of drivers license

Why should you gather these documents up front? Because the minute you find the perfect home for rent you can submit an offer, you won’t have to wait the day or two it may take to gather all of these documents, which you could lose the property to another tenant during that time frame 

Rental Tip #4: Choosing an Agent

Now that you decided on a move date, created a needs & want list and have your documentation ready the next step is to pick up the phone and give us a call. You might think it’s going to be easier to call every newspaper or online ad that you see, but you are most likely creating more work and frustration for yourself. Our real estate brokerage charges $0 if you use our services to find a rental home, that’s right zip, nada, nothing and as soon as we receive your request we will send you a list of homes for rent based on your criteria, notify you of all new rental listings and when we find a home help you submit a winning rental offer.

Rental Tip #5: Writing an Offer

Now that you have taken the proper steps and found the perfect home to rent the next step is to submit an offer to rent. One of the keys to all of my tenants success is they are prepared up front and make their offer as strong as possible. If you have horrible credit make sure to make other parts of your offer strong, like the amount of money you are putting down up front.

Here is a quick break down of what is included in all of my Winning Rental Offers:

  1. Rental Application: This will typically list your current address, past and present jobs, type of vehicles, occupants of home and pets, which must be signed by everyone who will be on the lease.
  2. Credit Report: Usually anyone over the age of 18 will have to provide or have their credit report pulled
  3. Background Check: Usually anyone over the age of 18 will have to go through a background check.
  4. Proof of Income: Usually a recent paycheck stub, bank statements or W2 to verify income.
  5. Introduction Letter: If you have bad credit or a unique situation explain why, make the prospective landlord focus on you NOT the number on a piece of paper.
  6. Deposit Check: This is a deposit to hold the property.

By submitting these 6 items with every rental offer I have been able to place tenants with bad credit, who are unemployed and who have pets both big and small. By following these tips you will be in a better position to get the home you want to rent the first time without a lot of the frustration that goes into the process of renting a home. If you have any questions just give us a call and we will be able to help you get through this process.

Call us today to arrange your rental showing. 
Georgette Willis
Georgette Willis
Broker/Realtor/Property Manager