Tips For Tenants Looking To Rent In The Next 6 Months
If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you need to be out of your current home quickly, you may be in a bit of a panic. Moving from one place to another requires time and a detailed process to ensure everything runs smoothly, and if you’re up against the clock, it can add more stress to the situation. If you’re looking to move into a new rental within the next 6 months, make sure you do these 6 things for a stress-free and successful transition.
Determine How Much You Can Spend
What is your employment situation right now? If you are relocating to Murrieta or Temecula because of a new job, consider what your take home pay will be to determine what a realistic monthly rent payment would be. A common way to figure what you can afford is to take your monthly take-home pay and divide it by three. If you make $1600 a month after taxes, you should be looking for a rental in the $500 a month range. When you know your budget, you can narrow down the neighborhoods and properties to fit your specific budget.
Save, Save, Save
Once you know how much you’re going to need to pay each month, start saving. And we mean serious saving, Suspend spending money on “extras” such as gym memberships, new clothes, daily stops to the coffee place, going out to dinner and beauty treatments. If you’re serious about being out in the next 6 months, you have to be serious about saving money to make it happen, and to ensure you are in a comfortable spot when you finally find the right place.
Know Your Credit Info
When you start to submit applications for your new house or apartment, the landlord or Murrieta management company will be checking your credit. If you know your credit is less than perfect, be prepared to ask a friend or family to co-sign on your behalf. If you weren’t in a time crunch, this would be the part where you work diligently to pay off debt and fix your credit score, but if you have a time restraint, you won’t have time to make major improvements to your credit. Be ready to explain to the landlord or Temecula management company about your score upfront and assure them you are working to fix it.
Check Out The Area
Spend a few hours each weekend driving through potential areas that you’d like to live in. A Menifee rental home might be for you or a Temecula Rental Home may fit your family better. Pay attention to the neighborhoods, the traffic, and the noise. If you have kids, look for other signs of kids in the neighborhoods, track how far away the closest playground and schools are, and get an idea of how safe it is. Go at different times of day to get a feel of what the community is like at different times, and pay attention to how far you are from local conveniences like banks and grocery stores. Ask your friends if they like where they live and, if the areas are within your budget, check those areas out as well. Once you move in, it’s too late to decide you don’t like the crazy barking neighbors next door or being 40 minutes away from your job. Figure those things out before you move.
Once you know how much you can afford, where you want to be, and what you qualify for, it is time to start filling out applications. Don’t go “application crazy” as many Temecula rentals require an application fee and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on applying for properties you aren’t crazy about. Check online, ask around your social circle or hire a real estate agent to help find the perfect home for you.
Hurry Up and Wait
One of the most stressful parts about finding a Murrieta rental property is the waiting, especially if you have a short deadline (6 months or less) to get everything in order. The more organized you are, the faster the process will go. Sometimes you’ll find a house online that you love on Monday and be signing the lease on Friday, and other times every property you’re even half interested in gets snatched up before you can sign your name on the application.
Either way, a little patience and organization go a long way when looking for a new home, and by following these tips, you could be in your new place in 6 months or less. If you’re looking for a rental home in the Murrieta and Temecula area Benefit National has the largest inventory of rental homes available. Please check out our listings and contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to finding you your next Murrieta or Temecula home.