Monday, April 12, 2010

A few tips for your next move

Tips for your next move

Make your next move with ease! Ask yourself these few questions. The answer will help your moving experience be more efficient and less time consuming.

I.Know your financial situation.

  • How much rent can you afford?
  • How much of a deposit can you afford? (Homeowners can ask for first month’s rent, last month’s rent, and a deposit. Pets are usually an additional deposit.)
  • What is your budget for utilities? (remember larger homes can be expensive to heat)

II. Know what areas you are willing to live in.

  • You may not always find the perfect home in one area. Find other neighborhoods you wouldn’t mind living in.

III. Know what your needs and wants are.

  • What are your needs? These are things you can’t live without (ex. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage, etc.)
  • What are your wants? Things that are not a necessity, such as a view or a tennis court.

IV. Know when you need to move.

  • When is your current lease up?
  • How much time do you have to relocate?
  • Don’t start looking too early. Generally it is a good idea to give yourself 30 days to find a home. Landlords typically will give you up to 30 days to move in. In Washington State, tenants need to give 20 days notice before moving out and often tell their landlord 20-30 days in advance that they are moving out. Landlords typically want to fill the space without it sitting vacant. Thus landlords normally will not sign a lease for a property unless you are willing to move in within the next 20-30 days from signing the lease.

V. Talk with an agent.

  • Real Estate agents have access to most rentals on the market. It’s a good idea to give your local office a call. Usually it’s at no cost to you.

Demands for rental properties are high right now and rentals do lease fast. Try to be as flexible as possible and remember to follow these few tips.


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