You might have found yourself in the paradox of choice as you look for a place to rent that fits your budget, keeps you close to family, and makes you happy all at the same time.
We understand that renting in the Miami metro and surrounding areas has become more competitive as the years have rolled on, so there are a few things that you need to consider if you are stepping into the rental market.
3 Step Rental Checklist
Our advice is when you’re looking to rent is pretty simple.
1. Understand the market you’re about to enter.
This will help you give yourself the right amount of time to look and choose the right areas. This includes understanding when an area is valued at the price listed and when there is room for negotiation.
2. Make yourself stand out from the other applicants.
That means making sure that you have every piece of background information that might be asked of you on hand.
While rental agreements are not hard, they are often time-consuming. To show that you are serious about renting, have paperwork on hand to expedite the process and beat out the competition.
To guide you to success, let’s break down the process into simple steps and processes. Each Landlord and rental will have unique characteristics, but the principles remain the same. If you understand the following steps, you’ll be on your road to a successful rental.
Appropriate paperwork includes:
U.S. Government-Issued ID (required)
Recent Credit Report (likely required) – Show the length of your last residency
Recent Pay Stubs and/or Employment Letter
Current/Prior Landlord Reference Letter/Email – If possible
3. Make sure that you have done your due diligence in searching for the right place for you.
That means that you have not just seen one or two places, but you have seen but you have seen a few and have a good idea of what you’re looking for.
Sealing the Deal
After you have considered all of the factors, don’t hesitate to make an offer on any that you find enticing. Remember that the market is very competitive, and at any given time, someone else could scoop up a property that you were considering.
Weigh the pros and cons and know upfront what you are looking for, what area best suits your needs, what amenities you might require, and if the price is conducive for your lifestyle. After these things are considered, you will be more able to make the right decision.
Need help finding the perfect home to rent? We would love to help. Let us get to know you so we can find you your dream home.