Finding the Perfect Rental Property
Every person is an individual and as such we all have different wants and needs. This applies to all aspects of our lives but can be particularly frustrating when trying to find a home. In the rental market one size does not fit all and finding the perfect property can be a challenge.
Adding to the challenge is the fact that occupancy rates and rents in desirable areas can be high and it is often difficult to find a property that suits both your budget and your requirements. Even in areas where there are more available properties it might still be difficult to find something that ticks all the boxes.
Here are a few tips to take some of the stress out of the search:
Know your needs
You, as a potential renter, need to know what you need. Some people are simply looking for a place to eat, sleep and shower while others are looking for a lifestyle or a space that will accommodate various activities, such as working, entertaining and hobbies. Think about what the space needs to do for you and make a list of your specific requirements. For example, do you need built in kitchen appliances? Is a washer and dryer essential or is there a laundry nearby? Do you need easy access to the metro or do you need parking for a car? These are questions only you can answer. And then of course there is the all-important budget. What will your money get you and what are you prepared to sacrifice to stay within budget?
Remember when you assess your requirements to differentiate between wants and needs because unfortunately you will most likely have to compromise somewhere. Your needs are the things you cannot do without and your wants are those little extras that make your life more comfortable but are not essential. Take your list of requirements and mark your wants and needs in different colors and then rank them in order of importance. Remember your needs are always more important than your wants.
Use Our Tools
Once you know what you need and you have a good idea of the basic features you are looking for then it’s time to turn to our website. The website is designed to give you a good idea of the cost and type of properties available in Northern Virginia and help you identify potential rental properties. This should hopefully take the frustration out of the search by enabling you to eliminate properties that do not meet your needs or budget.
Get Our Recommendations
Rental agents cannot tell you what you need or which property to choose but they can give you invaluable advice. Once you have identified your requirements then contact our rental agents to help you find the right property. Be clear with the agent about what you want. Our agents know the area and the market and if they know what you want they can probably take you directly to a property that ticks all the right boxes. [Read more about rental agents] If you need an agent contact Nesbitt Realty. Nesbitt Realty always says, “We have experience working Northern Virginia and can save you thousands on your purchase.”
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