Finding houses for rent in SA can be a daunting and difficult study in patience, but it can also be exciting to contemplate finding a new place to call home! Before you make the big step and sign your name to a rental agreement, there are some things you should think about.
How much money can you afford for your new digs? If you do not have a clue, you need to figure out how much money you are bringing in and then determine a budget that you can live with. As a rule of thumb as you look for homes to rent online and in the local paper, do not go over 30 percent of your monthly income when it comes to the amount of rent. If you do, you might end up strapped for cash more often than not!
Use your budget as a guideline when it comes to finding a new place to live. If you find an area you wish to live in but the rent is not affordable, consider finding a roommate to share the expenses. This can ease the financial burden for both of you.
Knowing where to search is easy if you know the area, but if it is a new location you may need some help. Tell your family and friends that you are looking for a new place and seek out recommendations from others. You might come across an acquaintance or co-worker who knows of a vacancy in their area, or you might even know someone who is a landlord and is looking for new tenants!
Other places that you can look for houses for rent in SA include publications geared at apartment hunters, the Internet, bulletin boards in shopping malls and recreation centers and newspaper classifieds. Look at as many options as you can find to zero in on the one that is best for your income and your needs.
You have requirements that need to be met in the new pad that you will call your own. Write up a list of these and keep it close by. For instance, you may wish to live close to your workplace, be on a bus route, or be close to shopping malls in the area. If you have a dog or cat, you want a building that will allow pets. If you own a car, you want a place that has to park. Ask about utilities, namely if they are included and if they are, which ones are included and which ones cost extra.
If you think you have found the best building that interests you, visit the neighborhood at various times to know the area better. Drop by on the weekends as well to peruse the street. This is particularly important if you expect to be living there for an extended period.