Part 1: What you need to know before renting a house/apartment

What you need to know before renting a house/apartment

What you need to know before renting a house/apartment

If you are one of these: a college student in your second degree year, a fresh graduate just starting out on your new job venture or a newlywed building a nest for yourself and your spouse, then odds are, you’re confronted with the fresh dilemma of finding a house or an apartment to rent.

The process is tedious. There are so many places to look into and so many ways to do it that sometimes, the task is daunting to even the most confident of people, especially when it is the first time that they are embarking on this ‘adventure’.

Well, here are some things you should know before renting a house or an apartment.

Part One: Looking for the house/apartment

1. Your Budget

Before you start cracking open those newspapers or going online to those search engines, you need to know what your budget is. Take into account how much your income is and work it out.

The general rule is that you should not be paying more than 30% of the total of your household income.

If you’re a single college student or fresh graduate, you might want to consider looking for roommates in order to lessen your financial burden. If you’re married, take into account both of your incomes.

That would widen the scope a bit more for you to find something that fits your budget.

2. What to search for

Another thing to do before the actual search is to determine what your requirements are. What kind of location are you looking at? Does it need to be near your place of study/work? Do you want a house or an apartment?

What facilities do you want? Car park? Gym? Swimming Pool? Are you looking to rent an empty house or a furnished one? Do you need a house that allows pets? How many bedrooms would you like?

These are all things that you really need to take into account, so that your future home will be one tat is comfortable and convenient for you.

3. Where to start searching

Newspapers still have the classified ads these days so you can start there, if you want.

However, in this day and age, searching for houses is made much easier, what with the presence of search engines, or, better yet, property websites such as

With these, you can specify your search instead of having to look through each and every property, some which may not even be within your means or wants at all.

Besides searching, you could also let your house find you. We’ve already mentioned the importance of listing down your requirements.

Well, those can be used to place a ‘wanted’ ad. Websites like allows for you to put in an ad where you list down exactly what type of house you are looking to rent, and literally let it find you.

Will continue with part 2: Looking at potential houses

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