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Renting? This Checklist Is for You

If you rent, there’s a lot more to it than just a monthly payment. Before you sign on the dotted line, here are a few things to consider.

Your Lease:

  • Make sure you understand your lease. Know exactly what you are and are not responsible for.
  • If you anticipate moving, know any terms or costs related to breaking your lease.
  • Ask about additional fees for pets, parking, use of fitness center etc.

Moving In:

  • Document any damage to the apartment before you move in so you aren’t charged for repairs.
  • Are you able to personalize your apartment with new paint, curtains etc.?
  • If there is damage to your apartment, or systems are not working properly (electrical, plumbing etc.), what promises does the landlord have for getting them promptly repaired?

Questions to ask:

  • Are you responsible for cutting grass or snow removal?
  • If your rental is damaged by a storm, fire, etc., are you responsible for damage repair?
  • Are your dreams fully protected? Landlords typically have insurance, but that only covers their property - not yours. Renters insurance offers an affordable way to protect the important items in your life, so you have the peace of mind to pursue your dreams.