Renter’s Remorse: How to Prevent a Rental Nightmare and Find your Dream Home

Finding the perfect rental isn’t always easy in this market. This is doubly true for short-term leases; looking for a home for only a few months can greatly narrow your housing options, meaning that you might not be able to find a place that ticks every box on your list. Working with a trusted corporate housing team is the best way to keep your options wide and avoid common renting pitfalls. Here’s our list of the top five factors that cause renter’s remorse and what you can do to make your rental experience a success.

Bad Location

Is your new neighborhood far away from restaurants and entertainment? What about schools and community centers? Or maybe there’s too much happening near your new digs – a construction site, train station or airport near you is bound to make home life less serene. To ensure that you’re moving somewhere desirable, it’s always a good idea to scout out the location of the rental beforehand, even if just online. Better yet, work with a team that really understands the area you’re moving to. AvenueWest operates in 150 cities across the country, and all our offices are run by locals who live in the areas in which they serve. When you work with us, you’re getting a team of, not just local experts, but licensed Realtors, who will be by your side to help you navigate your new city and neighborhood.

Not Enough Space

Feeling cramped? No matter how long your stay will be, no one wants to arrive at their new apartment only to find that the space is smaller than anticipated. Pictures can be deceiving so, make sure to ask for the square footage before signing a lease. Because AvenueWest manages the properties we offer, we will always have accurate and up-to-date information on whatever listing you’re interested in and will ensure that you’ll find a place big enough for you and your lifestyle. Working with a corporate housing team like AvenueWest means you also won’t have to deal with multiple homeowners to get that information. You will have one point of contact – us. We’ll get you all the information you need on any property we manage so you can rent with confidence.

Lack of Amenities

Before you consider moving in anywhere, make sure you know what your must-have amenities are. Whether it’s a pool, outdoor spaces, or a washer and dryer, the last thing you want is to arrive at your rental only to find that your new home is missing some components you’d rather not go without. Knowing beforehand what you need from your rental means that you can verify the amenities with a potential landlord or property manager. AvenueWest properties come with our list of basic amenities, including high-speed internet, linen and towel services, and washers and dryers – just another reason why managed corporate housing is the best option for renters on short-term assignments in a new city.

Unexpected Expenses

Of all unpleasant surprises, unforeseen expenses are among the worst. Moving costs, deposits, and unexpected repairs can really add up, and that’s not even mentioning the cost of renting furniture in a unit that isn’t quite as furnished as you were expecting it to be. The best way to avoid surprise expenses is to move into a managed, fully furnished unit with a professional team that is up front about outlining in detail all aspects of your rental contract including fees. AvenueWest is committed to offering our Signature Experience to all renters so all you need to worry about is packing a suitcase. 

Management Issues

We’ve touched on what makes a rental unit good or bad, but that’s only half the story. Have you considered the impact of management on your experience? Can you rely on your landlord to do repairs in a timely fashion, or let you in if you’ve locked yourself out of your apartment? Good property management is crucial to enjoying your time in a home away from home. Our stellar reputation for service is hard-earned. AvenueWest has over 20 years’ experience in real estate and managed corporate housing; we’ve crafted our business so that we’re the single point of contact for tenants for everything concerning their rental. We offer 24/7 customer support, so we can give you what you need when you need it, from prompt repairs to local travel advice.

Want to learn more about how managed corporate housing is the best way to ensure a positive renting experience? Reach out today and let’s talk.

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