Preparing to rent a home is an exciting experience. You get to decide your price, go house hunting, and imagine what places would look like with your own touch. With all of the fun remember to be sensible during this time regarding negotiating, decorating and all the other great things that go along with it.
Before you start to look for, you should put together a list containing important must haves in the home and the wants also. Put everything and anything on your list that has to do with a home and you might be surprised what you come up with for your dream house. Be sure to organize the list according to what is most important to you, for example how many bedrooms may be more important that how many baths. You can base your search on your list, rating the level of importance of each amenity.
Provide the Rental Specialist with your list or if you are looking on your own, use the classifieds or you can even do an online search. Before you get ahead of yourself, you should see how your credit report will look to landlords. Usually realtors and homeowners want to know this information up front. You can do this by having a credit report completed for you by your agent.
Be aware you will be asked to sign an agreement before renting any property. This contract is usually signed asap to prevent other renters from moving in; this shows you intent to rent the home no matter what. So be sure to read the agreement in its entirety, making sure you understand everything it says.