Looking for your first property to rent? You can trust our insider advice
First-time tenants may feel a little trepidation when looking for a property to rent. They might experience uncertainty about what kind of expectations to set, where to start looking, and what pitfalls to avoid. In the case of luxury properties, or those in more affluent areas, you do not want to make the costly mistake of choosing the wrong space. Thankfully, it is possible to find a place that suits your needs well and accommodates your monthly budget. We at Fine & Country South Africa are also here to assist you every step of the way – from finding your dream home to signing all the paperwork.
Embrace the age of information
Just about anything can be found online today – from cars for sale to places nearby to get a haircut. Finding a property to rent, however, is a slightly more involved process. It is probable that at any given time, there are hundreds of properties surrounding your area from which to choose. Another problem is that it is unlikely you will be able to visit and view each space without wasting your time on some options that are simply not to your taste. The digital era, of course, does come with the benefit of easier research. You can access information online about certain neighbourhoods and their nearby amenities, such as schools, hospitals, and retail options. There are also various search portals online for finding that ideal property to rent, like our distinctive online listings of luxury houses and apartments across South Africa.
Be careful of rental scams
While the internet makes finding your dream home much more convenient, it makes falling victim to a rental scam easier too. Rental scams often occur when the deposit and monthly rent of the listing seem too good to be true. The scammer will then ask for the money upfront before disappearing. Be careful of landlords that seem to refuse a property viewing or those who avoid meeting up with you in person. If they hold back information or demand any money before proper documentation has been seen, it is most likely a scam. Fortunately, the risk of being scammed can be mitigated when working through a reputable agency, such as Fine & Country South Africa.
Do not always trust those images online
Online properties are advertised in a way to highlight the best a home has to offer. Photographs can be manipulated, and clever angles and lighting may make a space seem larger or grander than it is. It is far better to partner with specialist professionals who understand your needs and the kind of home you are seeking. Here at Fine & Country South Africa, we will put your best interests first by pairing you with a property to rent that lives up to your expectations – no gimmicks, no fuss.
Understand your contract thoroughly
When you do happen to find a property to rent in which you wish to settle, you will need to thoroughly understand your lease before signing it. Legal jargon is oftentimes confusing for first-time renters, and without an expert by your side, you may be signing yourself into a tight spot. A lease is legally binding and is set up not just to protect the property owner, but the tenant too. It will give you an indication of the rights and responsibilities of both parties, and it is essential that you understand it. Partnering with an agency like ours means you will not need to guess at the particulars of your lease as we will clarify it all and take care of the rest.
There is no need to slog through the process of finding your first property to rent on your own. Let our experienced team of experts assist you in finding the perfect place to call home. For more information, contact us here.