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4 things to consider when choosing a rental property

By Kevin Kelly

While renting a property doesn't require nearly the same level of commitment that buying real estate does, it's still a decision you don't want to make lightly. There are are huge number of houses to rent in Bunbury – how do you make the choice about which one is best for you?

Here are four things to look for when choosing a property to rent.

1. Location

This is quite possibly the most important aspect of choosing a rental for you. The proximity of the property to your work, your friends and family, your children's school and the leisure activities you like to engage in is vital to consider. An amazing house can be unworkable simply due to its location.

But don't just think about the property's location with respect to other places you visit – what is the location like with respect to nearby highways that might be loud or factories that might be heavy emitters of smog. If things like this are present, you should seriously think about whether or not you'll be able to deal with them long-term. 

2. Security

Check out the state of the locks, window latches and other security features. A house that's easy to break into is one that's going to be difficult to keep safe. One of the advantages of renting is that you're not responsible for paying for things like locks and secure windows. If you think a property isn't secure enough, speak to the landlord before renting – they may be willing to make some upgrades.

The security of the property itself is not the only thing you need to be aware of – what is the neighbourhood itself like? If it's an area with a relatively high crime rate, you might find your insurance costs are impacted.

3. Space

Check the layout of the interior floor plan. Do you like the way the space is arranged? Is there enough space altogether? Houses can't grow, so it's often a better idea to choose a place that has room for you to grow into, rather than one whose seams you'll be bursting straight away.

4.Parking and Garages

If you rely on a car for much of your commuting, you'll need adequate space for parking. Many properties have plenty of on-street parking, but if your car is more valuable or needs to be protected from the weather, you'll want garage space.

The other advantage of a garage is having spare room for storage. External storage can be costly, so if you know you have a lot of possessions that won't be inside the house itself, make sure you consider whether you'll have the space to store it all.

Choosing one of the many great Bunbury rentals is no easy feat, but with the right advice it can become a whole lot easier. For more on how we can help you find the best rental property for your needs, get in touch with a member of the Ray White team today.

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