Renting an apartment for the first time can be a confusing and overwhelming process. There are many mistakes first-time apartment renters make from not fully reading the lease to not getting renters insurance. These mistakes aren’t the end of the world, but it would be better to avoid them instead of making them. Our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg have pointed out the top mistakes made by first-time renters and how to avoid them.
While it’s great to learn from your mistakes, it’s better to avoid them altogether. As a first-time apartment renter there is a lot of information that you “need to know” prior to finding a place and moving in. Add this to the current items swirling around in your head that you are worried about: credit score, fees and expenses, packing and moving, finding the best apartment (that you can actually afford) and signing a lease…just to name a few.
While most people learn best by actually going through the renting process, we’re here to help you avoid the common mistakes that first-time apartment renters seem to make. Mistakes that can end up costing you big in the long run. Below find the things that we wish we knew before we signed our first apartment lease.
Mistake #1: Glancing Over Your Apartment Lease
Read. Your. Apartment. Lease. We cannot stress this item enough. Seems totally logical, but it’s the #1 thing that gets tenants into legal and financial trouble. We don’t mean just glance it over either, but actually go through item by item to fully comprehend your responsibilities as a tenant.
The apartment lease document contains critical information for a first-time renter:
Monthly Financial Obligation: Rent, utilities and any other monthly fees assessed by the landlord or management company will be found in your lease. Be careful when…