Moving into a new house can be a very very exciting moment for everyone. Once we find the perfect house, we will start to imagine living there and moving the furniture around. Nonetheless, it is very critical that you do not let that excitement get the best of you. Moving into a new place may be exciting for a minute but many things can go wrong within a split second if you don’t pay close attention to the little details. If you are a first time tenant and aren’t sure of what to do, this SPEEDHOME guidebook will help.
SPEEDHOME is an online platform for tenants and landlords to connect, providing an end-to-end property rental platform to fulfil their rental needs. There are certain advantages in using SPEEDHOME platform and one of them is that you are able to get a direct owner listing. SPEEDHOME will advise you, tenants, on the things you should ask landlords before signing that tenancy agreement. Thus today, we will offer you the ultimate top 7 things to look out for when renting a new apartment!
1.Check the tenancy agreement before signing it
It is essential that you read anything before putting your signature on it. This includes the tenancy agreement. The agreement holds all of the information that you need to know and what the landlord expects from you. Also, make sure to always read the tenancy agreement from front to back thoroughly and don’t be afraid to protect your right. It is also important to bring up any concerns that you may have with the agreement before you sign it. Many people are surprised to learn something from the agreement later on after signing the document. But by then, it would be too late.
One of the few examples that should include in your tenancy agreement the subletting policy. The tenancy agreement that you are about to sign should clearly state the landlord’s policy on subletting. Many single tenants tend to rent a whole apartment from a landlord and sublet the other bedrooms to their friends. It is important that the landlord is aware and agree to this. Other important topics that you should be informed about are:
- The maintenance policy
- The renewal of the tenancy agreement
- Deposit money after your lease is up
- Pest-control responsibilities.
2.Have a night visit to the apartment
The surroundings and environment of a neighborhood can change tremendously from day to night. In the day, the area could be bustling, filled with people walking here and there, safe and secure. Whereas, that same neighborhood could be devastated with darkness and graveness in the nighttime. Other than that, you also want to make sure that there is enough light in the areas where your car may be parked a lot of the times. This is to ensure that it won’t be concerning to you when there is alack of light so that your safety is ensured.
While there is a high chance that you won’t be able to check out the unit that you want to rent in the night, it is preferred if you can check the surrounding area of the apartment during this time to make sure that the neighborhood is safe and secure for you. You can also take this time to make sure that the security guard at your house is doing their job at night. We all know that one pak guard who sleeps on duty. Once you have done this, you will know for sure whether the residential building is up to your standards.
3.Look out for cell phone reception and internet connection
In the age of internet and the evolution of technology, our cell phones are very dear to us. It has become a more important part of our live than ever before. Billions of people around the world use the world wide web for different things. This is especially so during worldwide pandemic like COVID-19. We need to use the internet for a huge number of things. This includes work meetings, communicating with friends and family, and even keeping track of our daily task. It will be a major problem if you are not able to use your phone or the internet in your apartment due to bad reception. Imagine living in the perfect apartment without any internet connection? It would totally change your whole perspective of the place!
When checking out an apartment, make sure to try and use your phone to make calls in different parts of the house to make sure that there is sufficient reception throughout the house area. It is also important to ask about the situation and connectivity for WiFi and cable of the apartment that you are looking to rent. While some landlords include the cost of utilities in the rent, other landlords may give incentives such as WiFi and also Astro. So, don’t forget to ask about the WiFi situation in the apartment.
4.Check for any plumbing problems
To be honest, plumbing is something that we normally take for granted. Also, oftentimes it flies under the radar so we are not able to detect any problem when we first check the apartment. We will only know about the underlying problems after we have signed the tenancy agreement. Plumbing is something that we have to deal with every day, be it the water pressure, the flush of the toilet, or the drainage system of the house. There is nothing worse than bathing with low water pressure and a clogged drainage system.
To combat this issue, well of course, you can’t take a shower in front of the landlord while inspecting the apartment, but you can at least test the water pressure on your hand to make sure that it is suitable for you. If there are issues that you notice, you can always ask or consult with the landlord and see if something can be arranged to solve the issues that have been brought up before you move in.
5.Test the power outlet and the electrical work.
Try to walk around your current home and just count how many things that cannot be used without electrical supply. You will be surprised that there a ton of things that we use on a daily basis that require electricity to work. Such things are phone chargers, TVs, kitchen appliances, the water heater in the bathroom and also the kitchen appliances. Isn’t it annoying when you find a strategically placed power outlet, only to find out that it’s not working?
When you want to visit an apartment that you are interested in, it is best to bring along a small charging plug. Then, plug into every outlet that you can find to make sure that they are all in working condition. If you don’t have any other things to test the power outlets, head over to your local hardware store and ask them for a socket tester. You can find one between the price of RM20 to RM30. It is also important to test all the lights and fans to see how they respond by switching them on and off. If you move into the apartment without testing things that have anything to do with electricity, you may as well prepare an electrical generator to ensure you have some sort of electrical supply.
6.Speak to the neighbors
If possible, take some time to talk to the neighbors of the apartment unit that you want to rent. There are a lot of information that they can share as they may have been living there for a long time. Ask them about any of your concerns regarding the apartment, the landlord, or even the management body. It is also a good thing to get to know your future neighbors.
7.Take note of any damages before moving in
Another thing that is as important is to walk through the apartment and document every impurity or damage that were caused before you finally move into the apartment. It is even more advisable if you take pictures of every damage, whether it is just a hole in the wall, or even a rip in the carpet. Luckily, with SPEEDHOME, there is no such thing as deposit!
You have to make sure that you have these as evidence. If you do not, there is a chance that you won’t get your deposit money back. The money, later, will be used to cover the damages when you decide to move out. If you can’t prove that the damages were there before you move in, then you have to pay for the damage that you did not do. This is why it is important to document everything. This is so you can protect your right as a tenant. If there are issues that concern you, you can always ask the landlord and see if anything can be done to solve the problems.
It’s important that you do a thorough check of that particular place that you’re planning to rent before you sign the tenancy agreement. Heck, once you start to do some research, the apartment may even be deemed unfit and illegal for people to stay in!