It’s not every day we search for an apartment to rent, and when we rent an apartment, we are likely to live in it for at least a few months. This is why it is important to choose the unit you rent very carefully. In a place like Cagayan de Oro (CDO) where there are numerous options in terms of rental property, the task of choosing the right apartment can be a bit overwhelming. But if you know how to go about the process, apartment hunting can also be a lot of fun.
Tips on Choosing an Apartment for Rent in CDO City
To make sure your apartment hunting experience is more fun than stressful, you may want to bear the following tips in mind:
1. Create a spreadsheet
It is always a good idea to make a list of every little thing you want in an apartment unit so that when you check potential rentals, you won’t overlook anything that you might later regret not checking. It is also a good idea to prioritize the items on your list according to which ones you deem more important. It would be even better if you created a spreadsheet so you can easily mark off the features that are present in each apartment you check. This makes it easier for you to compare units after inspecting them.
2. Do your research
As mentioned earlier, the number of options can be overwhelming when you’re looking for an apartment for rent in CDO City simply because the city abounds in rental properties. This is why it is important to do some research and narrow down your options once you’ve identified what kind of apartment you want to rent. If you’re coming to CDO to work, for example, you could start out by doing research on which areas are safe and not too far from your workplace so you can limit your apartment search to those areas.
Next, you could do some research on which of the areas you have identified has the most number of rental properties priced within your budget. Setting a budget beforehand ensures that your rent doesn’t eat up too much of your income. You may also want to check the amount of traffic going to your workplace from each of the areas you identified. Once you have considerably narrowed down your options, you can start visiting and inspecting potential apartments.
After inspecting the unit and marking off the features on your list that are met, you may want to walk around the neighborhood to get a feel as to how comfortable you’ll likely be in the area. You may also want to talk to current tenants when the landlord is no longer around so you’ll get an idea as to what it’s like to live in the apartment complex. This will also give you an idea as to what kind of people your would-be neighbors are.
3. Negotiate the terms
When you’ve finally chosen an apartment to rent, talk to the property owner or manager again to negotiate the terms of lease. For example, if there are amenities included in the rent that you’re sure you won’t be able to take advantage of, see if you can get a discounted rate. Or if you aren’t sure how long you’ll have to stay in CDO, ask if you can sign a lease agreement renewable every three months instead of every year.
Questions to Ask
One of the most important things you should do when you talk to an apartment owner or manager is to ask the right questions. You need to make sure that whichever apartment unit you choose to rent, you won’t regret doing so. That is why you need to know as much as you can about the unit, the apartment complex, and the neighborhood before signing a lease agreement. Here are a few questions you’d do well to ask:
1. How old is the property? Has it ever undergone any major renovation or remodeling?
An old building is also likely to have old walls, old floors, old ceilings, and old facilities. This could mean the structure is no longer as sturdy and safe as it once was. But that isn’t always the case, which is why you should also ask if there have been major renovations done recently. Who knows, the building may be old, but perhaps the management has recently replaced the windows, put in new plumbing, repaired the ceilings, and repainted the entire building.
2. How long has the apartment unit been empty and how long did the last tenant live there?
If a particular apartment unit has been on the market for long and the last tenant only lived there for a short period, then there might really be something wrong with the unit. And even if the landlord does not give you a definite answer, the question will still have served its purpose. After all, why should the landlord avoid answering a pointed question if there is nothing wrong with the unit, right? The manner in which a landlord answers such direct questions also tells you a lot about his character. You certainly wouldn’t want to live in an apartment with a landlord you aren’t comfortable with.
3. Who’s responsible for maintenance and repairs? For pest control?
If you are renting a small apartment from an individual owner, you will most likely have to handle the issues of repairs and pest control on your own. If you are renting a luxury apartment run by a management company, then you probably just need to call management whenever your unit needs repairs and/or you have complaints regarding pests. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to ask, either way. Whatever answer the landlord gives you, it is advisable to have it specified in the contract.
Choosing the right apartment is indeed very important, especially since there is a contract involved. Although you may not get everything you want, making a careful selection at least assures you of finding a unit you won’t regret spending money on.