5 Things People Forget to Do Before Signing a lease agreement

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This is especially important if you’ll be moving into an apartment that still has someone living in it when you sign that lease. Here are 5 things people forget to do before signing a lease agreement. For complete blog post visit http://www.matchliving.com/blog/2016/2/9/5-things-people-forget-to-do-before-signing-a-lease-agreement-and-why-you-shouldnt

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5 Things People Forget to Do Before Signing a Lease Agreement :

5 Things People Forget to Do Before Signing a Lease Agreement

1. Take pictures of damage before you sign that lease:

This is especially important if you’ll be moving into an apartment that still has someone living in it when you sign that lease. Look for major cracks, holes, or blemishes on walls and tile, wood, or concrete floors. Check for holes or stains on any carpeting. If kitchen appliances are included, make sure they are all functioning. Even if the damage doesn’t bother you personally, snap a picture of it and hold on to it; you’ll be glad you did when it comes time for you to move out and get your security deposit back. 1. Take pictures of damage before you sign that lease

2. Ask for utility averages:

Start by asking the landlord what the average costs for electric, water, sewage, etc., during different parts of the year are. If you know any of your future neighbors, let them know you’re thinking about moving in and ask if they’d mind telling you what their average costs are. Finally, you can call the utility company to ask what the averages have been for a particular property. 2. Ask for utility averages

3. Ask what you’ll be allowed to do with the place :

Even if you aren’t thinking about changing paint colors or light fixtures when you’re just getting ready to move in, if you think you may want to sometime in the near or distant future, it’s important to know what you’ll be allowed to do. Ask, and be sure to get it in writing so that you won’t accidently terminate your lease or lose your deposit. 3. Ask what you’ll be allowed to do with the place

4. Get it in writing:

You’ve probably heard this one a million times, but it’s also possibly the most important tip you’ll receive when you’re moving into a new place. If you’re bringing along a cat or dog, make sure to get your landlord’s permission or any costs associated with them in writing. As mentioned before, if you’re planning on painting or making any other changes, make sure it’s in your lease. Whatever utilities you’ll be responsible for paying, and any those are included in your rent, should be in writing too. 4. Get it in writing

5. Think about other expenses that might come with a particular property :

Living further from the center of the city might save you some on rent, but if you work downtown, consider costs like gas and parking, and the time it’ll take you to make your commute, versus a more expensive apartment downtown. If the apartment is older, or has a lot of windows, consider extra utility costs that will come with poor temperature regulation. Also, consider the area around the property. Nearby restaurants or bars can mean extra noise, but it also means you’ll have food and entertainment within walking distance! 5. Think about other expenses that might come with a particular property

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