Top Tips in Renting a House

Many people these days opt to just rent houses instead of building their own. The trying financial times make people think twice before investing in property. There are many options available should you choose to rent a house. Rent a house or build your own, it is still an investment with several things you should consider.

1. Neighborhood - do you and your family feel safe in the general location of the house? The house you want to rent may be safe and secure, but you don't want to be kept prisoners inside the house.

2. How old is building- A new house for rent is rare. Usually rental homes are old and therefore have been occupied by other people. The newer the house the less problems you will have with plumbing, electricity, and the basic structure. A newer building will also have newer innovations that make it more efficient and safe for your family.

3. Size of the rooms- The kitchen, bedrooms, living room and bathrooms should all be in the size you and your family are comfortable with. Remember, this is a house for rent, not your own. You cannot make structural changes in the house without the owner's permission. Many owners rent houses "as is", meaning take it or leave it. If you opt to change any of the structure, if the owners let you, you may have to pay for it on your own.

4. Check appliances, plumbing and wiring - all appliances and furniture that come with the house should be in good working condition. Many problems are discovered by people who rent houses only after they move in. Have a trusted plumber and electrician check everything before you sign the contract. Any problems they find should be made known to the landlord and sorted by him before you and your family move in.

5. Modifications - no house for rent will meet your idea of your dream home, but pick the one closest to it. Check to see if any of the things you want to change in the house will not require structural changes and massive expenses on your part.