Top 5 Things to Ask Before Signing a Rental Lease

clock April 15, 2014 19:56 by author sylviac

You have been on the hunt for the right rental property and you've finally found the perfect spot in town. The location has all the amenities you've always dreamed of. It's close to your work, has an incredible view and the price is right. Now what? Before booking your moving in services and signing the lease agreement make sure you take the opportunity to go over these critical questions with your potential landlord.

1. What is included?

Before signing any rental lease ensure you take the time to go over all the fine details. Don't ever assume that something is included in the rental. Always ask about utilities, parking, cable television and laundry. By knowing all the included rental details you can move forward and budget for what is not included.

2. Are there any pet policies?

Whether you own a pet or have visitors who sometimes drop by with theirs, its always important to know the rental property pet policy. It is better to know from day one then be hit with a pet cleaning fee during your move out.

3. Does the rental lease automatically renew?

Some rental properties automatically renew while others become month to month after the first year of renting is complete. From the start, find out exactly when the current lease you are about to sign expires. The last thing you want to be doing is vacating the rental property without any notice because the first year is complete.

4. Can I make any improvements to the rental property?

Always ask the landlord if you can make any changes to the rental after moving in. How does the landlord feel about painting the walls a different color? Are you able to hang up pictures? Sometimes what you may feel as being rental improvements, your property manager may view it as damage to the property.

5. What is the termination policy?

Life can be unexpected and new opportunities could arise during your rental agreement such as unexpected family health issues, unplanned events or a new job offer in another city. Ask from the beginning about the rental lease termination policy. It is in your best interest.

By having answers to the following rental questions above you will be able to make the right decision if the rental place is meant for you.

How to Make the Most of Your Relocation Benefits

clock March 5, 2012 18:49 by author Janet Corniel


If you are on a corporate relocation, making the most of your relocation benefits is the best way to ensure that you have optimized all that is available.  Once you have been offered the assignment, the first thing you want to do is educate yourself on the companies policies, procedures and benefits offered.  This will enable you to get a clear understanding of what is your responsibility and what the company will cover.  It will help you make your arrangements and plan accordingly.  It will also help prepare you for any implications on your budget.  If you have any questions, ask to get clarification.  You do not want any surprises, once you have accepted the assignment.  Most companies that offer corporate relocations either have a contract company handle their relocation services and/or have a human resource representative handle it or coordinate with this third party contractor.  Either way, you should review everything and make a list of questions.  This way you can call and get the answers you need to make an educated decision.  

If your company is new to relocations, you may have to do more leg work and educate yourself on the fly.  If this is the case, make sure you understand your perimeters.  This way you are not left in an awkward position.  In any event, you should evaluate all of what is being offered and how it will have an impact on you financially.  If you own your home, find out if your benefits include help with the sale of you residence.  If not, find out if it is possible to rent out your home and if your employer benefits help with this as well.  Even though you may not be in a position to make a choice to go, meaning your job is now elsewhere and you must move to keep it, make sure you understand what is available to you and assess its implications on you and your family.  Take advantage of what is being offered.  Educating yourself and evaluating your options will help you make the right decision for you and your family.  Remember, your professionals here at Highland will do their best to help you through the process. 



Tips on Finding Temporary Accommodation

clock February 27, 2012 18:51 by author Janet Corniel


Finding temporary accommodation is important step in the moving process.  Here are a few tips to help find just the right place for you.

  • Set a budget.  Moving will cost you.  Therefore, you want to set a budget in the very beginning.  This will help you itemize your expenditures for your move.  If you are on a corporate relocation, chances are these targets will be set by your employer.  Make sure you understand them and are familiar with what is expected and the limits.
  • Once you have a price point in mind, you want to identify the time you will be in this temporary location.  This will help you hone in on what you need and what you can live without.  For example, if you are staying for an extended period of time, you may want to make sure you have access to a small kitchen facility and laundry services.
  • Identify your needs and wants.  If you are going to be staying in this location for an extended period of time, you may want more than just internet access.  You may want  access to workout facilities and other amenities that will make your stay more pleasant.  These may include kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, maid services and concierge services.  Further, make sure that the short-term rental comes with items you will need.  For example, linens for your bed, if you have a kitchenette make sure it has the basics like dishes, pots and pans and utensils.  Note these on a list and highlight those that you are unable to compromise on.  This will help you with your selection.
  • Location. Make sure to note your transportation options.  This will be pivotal in identifying your location.  If you are moving for work, make sure you can get to your office with ease.  Will you have access to a car or will you be using public transport?  Make sure to include this in your selection and keep in mind that it may impact your budget.

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