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How To Win Over A Potential Landlord

Searching for a rental property might be challenging but you also need to consider winning over the potential landlord of your chosen space. There are things you can do to make a good impression with your landlord.

Look your best.

Same with other people, some landlords do look at the outer appearance first so you always must look your best when going in for rental inspections. If you are going with the other tenants on inspection, there’s a point where the landlord would favor the person who looks presentable that day.

Do not be late.

People who are late often receive bad impressions. Renting is also a business, do not make anyone wait for you. If you are the one who came early, you must greet the real estate agent or your landlord and have a little chit chat with them.

Do not lie about anything.

Honesty is the best policy. Being honest all the way build the trust with your landlord and a good relationship with them. If you are asked about salary, potential housemates, or pets, always say the truth. There’s no point in lying, remember that.

Have a rental resume.

Renting is like applying for a job. You need to make your landlord impressed by your score. Having a resume helps with keeping your landlord updated with what you have especially if the competition with other tenants is fierce. Have it ready and printed before you go to the rental property.

Put your best foot forward.

Do not be shy about your achievements like you having your own car, or become the best employee for months. Highlight your skills especially if it would help or show how you can really maintain and improve the property. Let them know that you are reliable and trustworthy. Make them feel confident and comfortable with you.

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How To Budget Money for Rent

Money is the first thing you should have if you plan on renting. Budgeting money isn’t that easy specially to those people who spend so much on other stuff. You should depend on your income before you start listing the outgoings. So here’s a guide on what things to consider on your budget:

General thing you need to do:

  • Calculate all your monthly expenses
  • Figure out your monthly income
  • Minus the expenses from your income and calculate what’s left

List your income. It is the money coming in your pocket which could be:

  • Salary
  • Benefits
  • Loans and contributions, if any, from your family

List down the expenses you’ll have when you plan on renting.

  • Food and household items
  • Clothes
  • Transportation
  • Garbage pick up
  • Parking
  • Administration fees
  • Cigarettes or alcohol
  • Credit card or loan repayments
  • Going out expenses
  • Other stuff (books, gift, DVD’s. etc)

*Do not forget to include:

  • Rent
  • Fuel bills
  • Internet and telephone charges
  • Water bills
  • Council tax
  • Mobile phone costs
  • Renter’s insurance

Always take note on how much you spend on each area and where you can cut down if you are short on the money left.

Budgeting can be a little tricky but with the right knowledge and discipline, expect that everything will work out well. One must learn how to save money depending on the lifestyle to make the rent more affordable. Always consider the place where you want to live and make sure that it is location and housing-wise. If you live by yourself, a studio or a basement apartment might be cheaper than a two-bedroom apartment. The bigger the house, the larger the rent. Also, living in a city might be more expensive and might be tempting to buy the things you want because all of it is already there. Wherein, renting out of nowhere might be cheaper but expect a more expensive transportation costs.


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Ways to Become the Best Tenant

Be the best tenant you can be.

If you plan to rent a space, being tenant can be horrible especially if you heard so my landlord horror stories. Landlords may always be misjudged and renters do, too. So take out a new strategy to change these old stories and have the best landlord-tenant relationship. But how can you be the best tenant your landlord could ever have? Take time to read the tips below:

Get ready for the rental interview

Yes, searching for apartments have interviews, too. Landlord will interview you and vice versa. This is a serious matter as it will be the first stage to build a good relationship with the landlord. Yes, you do not have a home, but do not look like homeless or else, they’ll doubt about how you can pay the rental bill.

Be prepared to rent anytime

Do not ever waste your time or the landlord’s if you aren’t fully ready to commit renting the space. Once you found the rental you like, you should put down the holding or reservation fee but if you do not like the place, then get ready to move to your next space. Prepare your proof on employment and income and bring a pen in case you need to fill up a contract.

Do not bring anybody who won’t rent

Once you talk to your landlord and tag a friend along who isn’t going to rent, the landlord might assume he/she might be moving in, too. Keep in mind and do not be offended if the landlord says that they do not want to keep criminals on their property. If you have a kid along, do not let them wander around as it is not your place yet.

Learn the move-in etiquette

Once you have decided to take in the place and been approved, move in during the day, especially not after 8 p.m. If you’ll be by the past that time, move in the next day. Do not block anything including the other tenants’ car and make them wait just for you to finish moving in your things. Have respect with everybody.


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7 Easy Home Decorating Tricks for Small Spaces

Helpful decorating tricks

Decorating and making your limited space to look larger might be a real challenge so these easy home-decorating tricks below will help you achieve the look you want to aim your small space to be.

Put up a Mirror

A mirror is one of the best things you can use to trick your small space look into a large one. Place it opposite a window in which the light will bounce around the room, making the space feel airier.

Use Light Colors

Pick light colors for the walls and floors. Light and softer hues tend to make a limited space feel bigger and brighter.

Match Curtain Color to Walls

Having different colors in your space is so out-of-date and it is also not applicable for small rooms. Different shades have the effect of broken line which makes a space cramped and small. Blend your curtain color with the walls to make it feel much larger.

Install Floating Shelves

Shelves are mostly the ones that take up much space so why not put it up and have a storage without having the bulkiness of bookcases, or chests.

Have Some Plant

Plants are the best when making the smallest space feel fresher and lighter. You can either place it on the floor, hang it, or place it on your table. Making a plant mobile is also a good way to make cleaning a lot easier or to protect it from too much sunlight.

Choose Furniture with Storage

As said above, storage takes up more of the space. Another trick is to have a furniture where you can also put something inside it. It has been a trend for small spaces like an ottoman with a removable top and empty space inside, or coffee table with a shelf below.

Have Some Shine/Metallics in the Area

Anything that shimmers has the same effect that mirror gives when it comes to making your small space look bigger. Have something that light can reflect on to brighten up the space.

Do you have more decorating tricks you can share? Let us know in the comments!