by Rick Delgado
on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 6:40am.
You've decided that you are not quite ready to buy a home. You are now considering buying a rental property but are curious to know whether the property you have chosen is a good one. There are lots of factors to consider when looking for a quality rental property especially if you are new to the process. As a renter you have no idea what the history of the home is or have seen the latest home inspection report. Here is a list of what to look for when shopping for a quality rental property:
1.) Paint is Peeling
The paint of the home should be one of the things you look for. Paint can tell you a lot about the home history and the current condition of the rental. If you notice that the paint is peeling there might be issues indicating high levels of humidity in the home. If the paint looks old or distorted, seek asking when the home was last painted. Old paint has the possibility of containing lead which is why paint is one of the most important steps in the process.
2.) The Appliances
When visiting a rental home, make sure to check all of the appliances in the house to make sure they are all working. The microwave, dishwasher, stove, fridge, washer, and dryer should all be inspected for cleanliness and functionality. If these items are dirty and not working, it may be an indication that home owner may not be properly taking care of the home and there are probably more issues that are not being taken care of.
3.) Stained Carpets
If you are renting a property, the landlord should provide clean carpets free of stains and allergens. A dirty carpet again may be a sign that the landlord does not properly take care of his home. If the carpets are dirty do not be afraid to ask for new ones, that should already be a given.