Moving to a new house or an apartment is never easy, especially if you’re a first-time renter. But just because you are renting a place and not buying it, doesn’t mean the tasks are less daunting.
There are a few reasons people rent a place instead of buying it. Budget is one of the most common factors. Flexibility in terms of timing and locations also comes to mind whenever one decides to rent. For us, it’s a mix of everything: budget, location, safety, quietness, proximity to our favorite hangout places, etc. Having an awesome landlord is a plus.
Since we’re together, we’ve moved to a few different places. Packing and unpacking is something that we don’t look forward to, but we think that that is the least difficult part of moving to a new place. Currently, we are looking to move (again!) to a bigger place, and we decided that we need a proper checklist to help us make the whole process easier and smoother.
Read our story until the end to get our ultimate checklist on renting a house!
The first time we got together, I moved to Jess’ place because it was easy and convenient. But the truth is, that place was not meant for two people. So after a while, we went looking for a new place. It’s quite hard here because the information was scattered: we had to look for listings online on Facebook groups and a few websites, as well as contacted a few agents. Our current place is not super ideal, but we were already tired of looking and couldn’t get a place that we really like. The good thing is, the lady that owns the house is super nice! She’s a landlord every renter dreamed of. Very accommodating, and willing to go above and beyond to make sure our stay is as comfortable as possible. She’s also very responsive to all kinds of requests that we made. One time our roof was leaking, and she had her employee fix it right away.
Last year we moved to a few rental places. This current place is the third one. It’s never easy nor ideal. There’s always something that is off. Whether it’s the budget, space, the location, the noise, or the landlord. We love our current landlord, but we definitely need a bigger space to accommodate our work-from-home situation. So, we’re preparing ourselves to move again.
What we look for when we want to rent a new house
Other than rent, we also need to add security deposit, utility bills, and other fees that might incur.
We always look for a place that has easy access to a hospital, a police station, and a fire department station; in case of an emergency. It’s a plus if it’s near a big grocery store and restaurants that we like.
Safety & security
We inspect doors, windows, and locks to see if they work properly. Best if the house is in a gated community with security staff standby. We also own a small fire extinguisher, just in case.
Furniture and appliances
We don’t need much, but a proper queen or king size bed is non-negotiable. Standard kitchen appliances work for us because we don’t cook that much. We also check if everything works properly: air conditioner (it’s a must here!), there’s no leakage, mold, or pests.
We both are light sleepers, so we are quite fussy about the noise. We always test the place first so that we know we can sleep well at night.
This is also one of the non-negotiable things for us because we both work from home. After the pandemic, we think that this is also important for a lot of people.
This list can go on and on. So many things to do, so little time!
The ultimate checklist for renting a house
Are you currently looking for a new place to rent? Or perhaps sometimes soon? Check out our ultimate checklist for renting a house here, and tell us your experience!