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Unique floor plans and modern kitchens; you will be certain you have found the perfect one, two, or three bedroom pet friendly apartment home.
23033 Meadow Wood Ct, Seaford, DE 19973
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Tips for Renters
Whether you’ve rented before or you’re looking to move out of your home for the first time, it is important to find a rental home that is right for you. Look for an apartment that meets your needs. Common things people look for are:
Most of all, people want a place they can call “home”. Start by looking on the Internet, in rental guides or newspapers. You can often rule out properties that don’t meet your needs. You can then create a short targeted list of properties you’d like to learn more about.
Here are some additional things to consider before and during your apartment search:
Review Your Credit Reports: Property managers and rental owners use credit reports as a tool to evaluate prospective renters. You should review your credit reports periodically to make sure they are correct. To obtain your free report, contact any of these credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.
Be aware of Terms of lease: The most standard leases are 12 month leases. After which point many convert to month to month terms. Short term leases (month-to-month) and three month leases are sometimes available... but at premium rates.
Review Fees: Many rental communities require an application fee, a security deposit, and first and/or last month’s rent up front. Make sure you ask the leasing agent about what is required.
Review Your Lease Carefully: You should understand your rights and obligations. The terms of a lease can often be negotiated. In a tight rental market, landlords are sometimes not willing to negotiate the terms of the lease. If this is the case, you should be aware of your legal rights so you can make an informed decision. If you have Fair Housing questions visit: http://www.hud.gov/local/de/renting/tenantrights.cfm
Purchase Renter’s Insurance: Protect your property against fire, theft, liability and other hazards. Renter’s Insurance is usually more affordable than most people think.
About the Author: Jackie Koehler is Director of Operations for 4Walls.net and online apartment guide and directory. In Delaware, visit us at www.4WallsinDelaware.com