So you have already found the home of your dreams. What is best the price perfectly fits your budget and you are ready to go on and sign the documents to make sure no one else will take the place. It seems like the easiest thing, just sign in the documents and you are the happy tenant of your first home. But hold on a while! Especially if you are hiring a home for the first time in your life. You should be aware of the fact that there is a plenty of extra expenses that might appear after you have signed the document. Read the following article to get to know where these expenses might come from and to be ready for them so that they will not harm your budget.
1. Make sure you are well informed what the monthly hire includes. Some rentals are based on the “all inclusive” principle but still make sure you have carefully checked what is included in the “all inclusive” as sometimes it is far not “all”. The most important utilities that you should check are the phone bills, Internet connection, electricity, gas and water. Practically all household expenses.
2. Ask the landlord whether there are any expenses that depend on the season and that are not included in the rent. These expenses might include air conditioning in the summer or heating in winter. Ask the landlord how the paying for the bills for these services is arranged.
3. Before moving to the home for rent carefully consider how much space you are going to need for your belongings. Some apartments’ closets are not big enough to hold all of your items. Others have storage but you have to ask the landlord whether the storage is free to use or there is an additional monthly rental for it.
4. Consider the costs for transportation. If you have a car check if there is a parking place for it near to the place. And is there is ask the landlord if its price is included into the monthly rent or you will have to pay an additional cost for it. And if you do not have a car, make sure to check if there is regular public transport such as subway, trains, buses. Make sure if there is a public transport spot located near the home and the prices you are going to spend on a daily basis if you move there and travel every day.
5. Very important one – check if the place has its own laundry. What is the price for using it and if there is no laundry is there a public one nearby. Check its costs.
6. Check where the smoke detector is situated. Ask if it is into the construction itself or you will have to take care of buying batteries to keep it working.
7. Last but not least – check the prices of the local supermarkets and groceries. People tend to ignore this but as prices are really flexible it is a must to check them as you might be unpleasantly surprised when the time comes to shop the food for the dinner.