Do Your Homework Before Renting

PUBLISHED 16 FEB 2016   

Enjoying a Successful Tenancy – Do Your Homework Before Renting


There is more to enjoying a successful tenancy than getting your full security deposit back the day that you decide to move out. Making sure that you will enjoy your living surroundings and space for the foreseeable future throughout your tenancy requires forethought and planning. By doing your homework before putting pen to paper and locking yourself into a lease for 12 or 24 months, you already increase the odds of your family enjoying their stay in the short to medium term.


There are numerous aspects you need to consider and look into before deciding where to spend the next year of your life. If you fail to take each of the important details into account, you may end up with a headache-inducing annoyance for your entire stay. So let’s take a look at some of the aspects that you need to consider when doing your homework before renting.


Traffic in the Area


It is always advisable to visit and drive through a prospective area that you are considering renting in during different times of the day. Do you have school-aged children? Do you need to get to the highway with efficient ease in the mornings? Drive into the area during the times of the day that you will be active there, and gauge the levels of traffic to determine how long it will take you to drop your kids off at school and make it to the highway or your office.


By doing this, you will be under no illusion as to what to expect from your new area, and you will not be subjected to a very unpleasant surprise the first morning that you make your school run. It will also reveal much more of the neighbourhood to you, like how well its services and roads are kept up by the local municipality, etc.


Check Crime Statistics and Local Amenities in the Area


Every South African is concerned about the crime rates and keeping their families safe. By driving around your prospective neighbourhood, you can already form an informed opinion of the safety of the area by gauging how many homes have tough security features, like electric fencing, high gates and burglar bars. If it seems like excessive security features are used to secure people’s homes, it might be a sign of how secure people feel in the neighbourhood.


If you need to be close to a mall, medical centre, schools or other amenities, make this a priority on your checklist. Ensure that these amenities are within easy reach of your prospective home or area, and that you won’t have to travel far and wide to reach the amenities that you need. These are only a few of the ways in which you can do your homework before renting.


Trust Huurkor for Professional Assistance with Finding a Great Rental Home


For many years, Huurkor has been at the forefront of innovation in our industry. We are proud of our long history of excellent service in the property rentals and sales sectors. Our team of seasoned industry professionals works hard to provide our clients with the very best service available on the market, and we continue to lead the way forward in service excellence.

Thanks to our extensive stock list of commercial and residential properties for rent and sale, we have what you are looking for. We also tap into our vast network of landlords and sellers to find you the right property. These are only a few of the many reasons why we have been able to stay at the top of our industry for so many years.


Contact us at Huurkor and let our property professionals help you by answering all of the right questions in your quest for finding the best rental for your needs.