5 Things To Do When Visiting A Rental Condo Prospect For The First Time

May 31, 2018



Denny Mata

1 | Take Pictures

…of the unit. These photos will be your basis when you decide on which unit to take. Compare the photos of each unit you visited and deliberate on the pros and cons such as the layout of the space, the furniture or appliances included or excluded, the lighting and bathroom fixtures, and most importantly the existing damages or flaws in the unit.

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2 | Check For Flaws

This is the only time flaws aren’t #flawsome, so check for any signs of damages in the unit. Take note of the flaws and take pictures of them so you can show it to the administrative officer or the landlord when you get to talk to them. Knowing where the flaws are and what kind they are is necessary to easily compare them with the other units you will be visiting, and to gauge whether you can ask for a lower rent or ask the owner or admin to fix them before you move in.

3 | Interrogate About the Space

Discuss the terms and conditions, the flaws you noticed, and other concerns you want to know or clarify with the owner or the admin officer. This is a crucial part for a renter like you to ask all possible questions:

  • How old is the building? Is it still well-maintained regardless of the age?
  • How many tenants have lived in the unit? Why did the previous renters move out?
  • Are there any other units available?
  • How much is the rent? What are the payment options?
  • Will you be fixing the unit before you move in? What are the terms for damages?
  • What are my future neighbors like?

There are a lot more to ask, and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask the agent or landlord when you visit the rental condo prospects. Read More: Condo-sharing 101: 4 Things To Consider with Your Future Roommate

4 | Keep A Straight Face

You know how “sales talk” works. It’s better to look like you have other (and better) options so they will tell you all the important parts of renting their unit out compared to other buildings or rental units. If you look like an eager beaver, it’s likely they will focus on getting you to decide there and then to get the unit now or soon because someone else is really interested in the same unit you’re looking at—you know, to put a pressure on you. Keep a straight face and don’t get pressured.

5 | Check Out The Neighbors/The Neighborhood

We don’t only mean your neighboring units and their tenants; we also mean the association and the community where the building is. Chances are, you will be staying in the unit for at least six months, so you better know who you’re living next to if you want your stay to be fuss-free and peaceful. Also, ask the landlord or the admin about the neighborhood: Is it a safe place? How near or far the market, hospital, mall, police station are.

Bonus Tip!

Morning and evening situations are different, so visit the unit or building in the morning to clearly see all the details of the unit and the neighborhood, then come back in the evening to observe the neighborhood. If it looks safe and well-lit to you, then that’s plus points to this rental condo prospect!

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