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Renting a room.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Straight284, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Straight284

    Straight284 Newbie

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    Hello,

    Would like to ask those who have rent a condo room before. Like, how u did it, you just see the image, call, went to see condo and rent it the first time? Or how many condos did u see before you decide to rent a room. And, am I right in choosing condo that is higher floor and can view the city or on let's say 3rd floor and there is a building infront and I cannot see road or the city.

    Basically, I'm afraid that I would miss something and I would find the problem with the room AFTER I have rented it, so I'm afraid of that and this what makes me procrastinating.

    So, my question is, how many condos/rooms did you see before you rent it.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Jason Starkey

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    Top floors are better in my opinion.

    No noisy footsteps from neighbors above,
    Less chance of bugs getting in than lower,
    Less chance of robberies

    These are a few things to consider maybe

    Edit: just thought about flooding in lower levels too, either from nature, or drain backups, etc
     
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  3. Ying Kong

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    Hi, here are my suggestions if I were the one looking for a place to rent.

    First, pick out the ideal area you want to live in. That can mean low crime, affordable rent, close to shopping, transit etc.

    Also, when you say 'room' I assume that you are looking for shared accommodations? If that is the case, there is the type of person you will live with to be one of the biggest considerations in your search for a place. For instance, do you tolerate smoking or drinking, or other lifestyle habits that another person may have that wouldn't match the way you live your life? The last thing you want is a horrible roommate(s), so it's good to be cautious there.

    I would also suggest a higher floor in a condo for a better view and no lower floors or basements due to low lighting and possible theft issues. Also, footstep noises as the other person said above can be very annoying if you live on a lower floor.

    Are there laundry facilities on site?

    Is there storage? --You may have a bike etc so something to possibly consider in your search.

    Is there parking?--for your car or for your guests?

    Inspect the whole living area for cleanliness and other things that need to be addressed by your landlord before you move in.

    Good luck on finding a place!
     
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    Plus top floors are warmer in winter = lower energy bill.
     
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    There's also a chance that in case of fire you will be stuck up there or fall down in case of an earthquake.

    Everything has its ups and downs :)
     
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    My wife and dog and I live on the top floor of our building. In addition to the no steps from above, less bugs, better heating in the winter and less chance of crime, there is also the added bonus of vaulted ceilings. Mmm, vaulted ceilings.

    Downside: stairs.
     
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    I probably looked at 10 different apartments before I finally settled on the one I'm in now. the trick is to look everywhere and take lots of pictures. Make sure you find the problems before you sign anything.

    I know most landlords will pay to fix the problems when you move in, should something be broken because of the previous tenant.
     
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    There's really nothing sketchy about renting a condo. Just make sure to read the lease VERY carefully. I would recommend renting a condo instead of renting an apartment from an apartment complex. I've found landlords/owners are generally on top of things and will fix issues quicker than apartment complexes (though this isn't always the case).

    Honestly, being worried about finding issues after you move in is a moot point. Just ask questions beforehand and more importantly find a place that meets your criteria (location, price, amenities, etc). IMHO top floor vs. first floor vs. other floors really doesn't matter. You can have a preference, but if the rest of your criteria is met and it's not on the floor of choice I'd say live there. You can always talk to neighbors to ask about noise / how they like the complex and they'll tell you. I've rented plenty of places over the years so feel free to reach out if you want more info.
     
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