Attending open houses can be a great way to view properties and areas in which you are interested in leasing or buying. By attending an open house you get the obvious benefit of looking up, down, and around the place you might be living or working in. But no doubt you’ll be joined by other potential renters or buyers sizing up the place right alongside you. So how do you get the most out of a visit to an open house and brush off the pressure from all the competition?
First off, before you visit an open house make sure to set your priorities. What do you want in a space? A certain style of home or apartment, a certain size of office? Start to look for the specific things you need in the spaces you visit and train your eyes to search for those things automatically, just so you’re not overwhelmed.
Make sure to ask the agent who is showing the space questions about anything you might see. Don’t be shy about questions or concerns, it’s the agent’s job to make the place look good and be honest about the state of the space. A good impression can also help if you end up wanting to make an offer.
If you fancy taking photos so you can discuss the space later, be sure to ask permission before snapping any. Most of all, be respectful and courteous of the space—look, don’t touch! And don’t look at just one. Usually, if there’s one open house there are many more in the area. If you’re in the market, it’s always better to take a look at as many options as possible.
So you need to find a new apartment or office space to rent. Where do you look? Well, first off, it can’t hurt to check out the properties that Genet Property Group has available. If you want to look at all of the rental options available in an area, there are a few websites that offer the most extensive, searchable databases.
Zillow is perfect for searching in distinct neighborhoods. It allows you to draw borders on a map and search within only the specific areas you set yourself. Though it only shows residential spaces, it includes search options for renting, buying, selling, and price “Zestimates,” on apartments and homes. It can even show you prices of properties that have recently sold in the area. Feel free to filter by price, number of beds and baths, size, and factors such as if they allow pets.
Apartments.com closely resembles Zillow in its functionality. It’s all residential and it offers similar searching capabilities and filters. Apartments.com features Local Guides with information on certain areas that you might search within. It also has more specific filters if you’re searching for a space with a pool, air conditioning, or wheelchair accessibility, for instance.
LoopNet is your one stop shop for searching available commercial real estate—you know, the good stuff. Filter your search results by subset of commercial real estate property, including industrial, retail, shopping center, office, and many more. The website boasts over 5 million monthly visitors and 500,000 listings to choose from—go crazy!
Were you one of those people who always turned in assignments late while you were in school? Maybe just sometimes? If so, do you find those bad habits extending to other areas of your life… like rent payments? Tardiness can get the best of us at times, and every now and then it’s unavoidable. Say you have a medical emergency or a sudden lull in employment—in some cases it’s hard to get the bills paid on time, no matter how important it might be. What should you do when you know you might have trouble getting the rent in on time?
The first step is to plan for any eventual money problems ahead of time. It’s always best to keep a well stocked savings account, preferably one with 6-months of all your expenses saved away. But in many cases that’s a safety net not all of us can afford. If you’re worrying about paying the bills, try to keep a couple of months of the essentials like rent, electricity, phone, and water tucked away. That way if you reach a month where money is tight you can defer to the money saved away.
If you have trouble saving the money for rent, make sure to stow away the amount necessary in a separate bank account as soon as you get your paycheck. It can also be helpful to set reminders throughout the month so that you know to curb your spending if you’re having trouble keeping your account balance up.
If you find yourself without a safety net and can’t avoid a late rent payment, speak to your landlord or property manager. If you are normally reliable with payments, they will likely understand and have the ability to account for and allow this sort of thing. It’s best to be honest and upfront than to say nothing at all and there’s no reason to be ashamed of something that happens to the best of us.
Whether done by wind or snow or rain or heat, damage to the roof of your rental building can be disastrous. No one wants to live or work in a space filled with buckets set up to catch intruding rain drops. So how should you go about fixing a roofing problem? You probably wouldn’t believe the number of people who get injured or even die by climbing up onto their roofs to fix blown-off shingles or holes themselves. While some people would like to believe they can do it all themselves, fixing a roof is something that should be done with the utmost care and safety by someone who knows what they’re doing. Always leave it to the professionals.
If you think you might have damage to your roof after a big storm or gust of wind, contact your landlord or property manager immediately. The owner of your building should be the one to determine the proper response to any damage. If you can’t see the damage from inside the home or by looking from the ground, it’s best to avoid climbing to the roof yourself. If a problem has developed, the roof’s stability might be compromised—don’t make the damage worse or hurt yourself by falling straight through!
Your landlord or property manager will send a professional who can assess the damage and determine what can be done. Most of the time, if the damage is affecting conditions inside the building, a temporary solution can be found before a more permanent fix is performed by a professional. The quicker you report any potential damage, the quicker it can be fixed and fixed by an expert—just because you’re closeby and willing to try doesn’t mean your fix will be quick.