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Rental's Tips, Renter's Corner

By Amber

Searching for the right rental house can be an exhausting task. Luckily, there is a much easier way to find a rental property than driving around looking for signs on the road.

Take your search online, where the details you need are right at your fingertips. Learn how you can use a simple online search to find the right rental property for you.

Know what you want in a rental house
Before you even start an online search, take a moment to envision your ideal rental property. Think about how many bedrooms, how much space you’d prefer, and the features you’d like your rental community to offer.

While composing your list, identify the options which are necessities, and which would just be nice to have. You may NEED three bedrooms to fit your family comfortably in a home, but you might WANT a community with a pool, for instance.

Once you have your need and wish lists honed, you’re ready to start your online search for a rental home.

Start at Rentals.com
A great place to start your online search for your rental house is Rentals.com. Rentals.com makes finding the right rental property quick and easy. You can narrow your search using several categories and dozens of features to zero in on exactly what you are looking for in a rental house.

Let’s walk through some of the features and categories you’ll want to consider when performing an online search.

Rental house basics
When performing an online search for a rental house, you will want to start with the basics and then move into deeper details from there. Basic information to start your search includes:

  • Where you want to live (city, state, zip code)
  • Property type (home, townhome, or duplex, for instance)
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Price range

This basic information will make up the bulk of your search parameters and help you narrow your search right away. Of course, these are not the only features that you will care about, but they are the right ones to begin the hunt.

Rental property features
Next, narrow your search by rental property features. Go back to your need and wish lists, selecting the features that are most important to you from the property features menu. These might include fireplaces, balconies, closets, dishwashers, washer/dryer connections, sauna tubs — even ceiling fans and air conditioning. These are the features of a rental property that can really make a house feel like your home.

Community features
There are many features from which to choose to customize the type of community you want. Rentals.com also lets you search for features in the neighborhood in which your rental house will be located. If security is important to you, you might want to look for rental houses in communities with gated access. If you have children and are looking to engage them in recreational activities, you might want to look for a neighborhood with a pool or playground.

What if my search is too narrow?
If you have chosen too many features that result in your online search pulling up too few rental houses — or none at all — go back to your list. Maybe you have selected a feature that you really don’t need. Try removing that feature and see if that opens up more options.

Searching for a rental house online can be easy and fun, when you know what you are looking for and how to perform the right search. Follow these tips and you could find the rental property of your dreams in no time!

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