Renters be aware: think before you act and save yourself a lot of time and money!
Before going to an open house get on the front foot and be prepared to plan the space to fit your life.
Suggest: Take photos and measuring tape! When inspecting a property take photos of the rooms and make sure you measure them so that you can plan how to make the space your own. This will help you recall the setting so you can think about what you have that will fit and where it will go in your new home.
Once you are approved as the successful applicant ask the agent if there is a floorplan for the property they could forward you, otherwise from your measurements and the trusty photos you took, draw up the floorplan and pencil in where your furniture will fit in. Ideally on the day you receive the keys, go into the empty space before you move anything in and consider your options.
Floor plans: sketching out where your furniture will fit in the space is a very clever move; it could save you a lot of time and money, think of paying a removalist to bring your baby grand only to find it won’t fit in the lounge or even down the hall!
Photos: planning ahead with a few photos and a measuring tape can do wonders, need we say more……..
Also remember to consult with your agent if you are going to interfere with the property in any way that will leave a trace, you will need to get approval from the landlord if for example you plan to put in nails for paintings, take down curtains or repaint a room etc. Also anything you remove must be stored somewhere that will not cause any damage to it, as replacement costs will be taken off your bond unless the landlord has approved permanent removal.