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Home renovations can significantly disrupt your routine or even throw your life off-balance, especially if they’re comprehensive. Apart from taking a toll on your finances, the process can be noisy and messy to the extent of making your home unlivable.

Are you looking for a place to stay during your home renovation? There are several options you could consider, including staying at a friend’s house, a hotel, or renting a temporary home. However, none of these can offer you more convenience than moving into a fully furnished apartment with everything you need to lead a normal life.

If you’re in Washington, D.C. and want a turnkey rental with flexible lease terms for mid to long-term stays, these modern apartments in Downtown, Dupont, and U Street are well worth considering. All of them are well-maintained and feature high-quality furniture, cookware, and other utilities to ensure your stay here is both comfortable and memorable.

Not in D.C. or just want to try out other rental options? Here are five useful tips to help you find a suitable rental house.
Set your budget and stick to it

This may sound like a no brainer, but no one wastes more time and opportunities than an undecided house renter who cannot stick to their budget. During your house-hunting, you’ll likely stumble upon tens of beautiful homes, which may lead to a lot of confusion as you struggle to decide which among them best suits your needs. Having a budget range helps you to disqualify anything that doesn’t fit in, thereby narrowing down your options and making your decision-making a lot simpler.
Safety is paramount

Anything that poses safety hazards in a home shouldn’t be taken lightly. For example, you need to investigate the house’s electrical system, more so if it’s one of those homes from decades ago. You realize that some of these houses still have outdated knob-and-tube wiring systems that come with a lot of risks, including fire hazards.

Unless you’re ready to spend a few thousand dollars on upgrading these systems, the best decision would be to ignore such houses altogether.

Avoid houses with molds
If a house has a lot of molds, it could indicate two things; there are leaks or the area floods often. Our advice is that you should take a lot of caution before moving into such a house. Besides making the place unsightly, molds expose you to serious health hazards, including respiratory problems. The worst bit, however, is that it’s not always easy to spot them or to know how severe the problem is if this is not something you’ve dealt with before. As such, where possible, get an expert to inspect the house for you.
Check your credit scores

A section of landlords and housing management companies now review credit histories of potential tenants as part of their qualification process. The aim is to find out whether they pay their bills on time and also to determine their current financial situation. In such a case, having a positive credit rating will play a huge role in enabling you to get the rental apartment of your dream.

Worth noting here is that credit scores take time to change, and so you should start improving them as soon as possible to avoid the last-minute rush. Pay off your debts, ask financial institutions and lenders to send positive reports to the bureaus, and don’t close those credit card accounts just yet.
Always try to negotiate your rent

Found the perfect rental but the price is slightly out of your budget range? How about you try to negotiate with the landlord. While it may sound somewhat odd and intimidating to bargain rent, you might be surprised to find out that some landlords are open to discussing prices. This also applies when you’re given notice of a rent increase.

Approach your landlord or the managing company and request them to allow you to continue paying your current rent amount. While you’re at it, try to highlight your strengths as the tenant to increase your bargaining power. For example, you could remind them what a responsible and reliable tenant you’ve been. Let them know that you’ve always taken good care of their property, you pay your rent on time, and do not disturb the peace of other tenants. The end goal is to prove your worthiness and hopefully convince them to keep you at your current rent.



What other strategies do you use when looking for a house to rent? Let us know in the comments below.