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Top Tips for First Time Renters

Tip 1: Understand Your Lease Agreement
Before signing a lease, make sure you thoroughly read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined in the agreement. Pay close attention to details such as the lease term, rent amount, security deposit, pet policies, maintenance responsibilities, and any additional fees. If there are clauses you don't understand, don't hesitate to ask your community manager for clarification. Understanding your lease will help you avoid any surprises or misunderstandings down the line.

Tip 2: Budget Wisely
Creating a budget is key to successful renting. In addition to monthly rent, factor in other expenses like utilities, internet, renters' insurance, and groceries. It's also wise to set aside savings for unexpected costs or emergencies. By budgeting responsibly, you can ensure that you can comfortably afford your rent and maintain a good financial standing throughout your tenancy.

Tip 3: Communicate with Your Community Manager
Your community manager is there to assist you with any questions, concerns, or maintenance issues that may arise during your tenancy. Establishing open communication with them from the beginning can help you address any issues promptly and ensure a positive renting experience. Whether you have a maintenance request, need clarification on community policies, or simply want to provide feedback, don't hesitate to reach out to your community manager. Having an on-site manager is a really a huge benefit! 

Tip 4: Get Renter's Insurance
Renter's insurance is a valuable investment that can protect your personal belongings in the event of theft, fire, or other unforeseen circumstances. While your community owner's insurance covers the building structure, it does not extend to your personal property inside your apartment home. Renter's insurance is affordable and provides peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safeguarded. We recommend Homeboy Insurance - not only can you find a great policy but you can also enroll in a credit building program that makes your on time rent payments improve your credit score - win win!! 

Tip 5: Know What You Want!
Take a moment to write down a list of your "must haves" and "nice to haves". A must have might be " pet friendly" - you can cut out a lot of communities if they don't allow pets. If location is really important to you, consider complexes that are close to your work or your favorite places to hang out. Minimizing your commute can change your life! If you don't want to spend extra money on a gym membership, find a complex that has a gym as an amenity. Looking for nice green space to enjoy or walk your dog? Tour communities that have a lot of open space. If you want the true hassle free experience, find a community that has on-site maintenance to get things fixed in your apartment quickly. There are so many things to consider, so think about your list before you start your tours.