Think you’re ready to move into a bigger space? Is that old apartment crowding you out? With a few handy tips from Investopedia, it won’t take you long to pick your way through all the lovely, perfectly suitable houses for rent and find the one that works for you:

  • Contact the leasing agent. If you’re shortlisting the properties, then its time to call in the leasing agent before you swing by the houses for an onsite inspection. Ask for a quote. Chances are, the quote would be close to the figures you got from the locating service, give or take a few dollars. However, if the quote is too steep, you might want to look into other properties or work with other leasing agents.

  • Locating services. Go online and start off your search with a locating service. This will give you an idea of how many choices you have, what the available properties often run to—one bedroom homes or two or more? You’ll also get to see a list of features and filter that list as you keep an eye out for the ones you want to see as you scour through lists of houses for rent in the Woodlands.

  • Don’t get taken in by the perceived value. Some homes might have a higher perceived market value because of special features in the home. However, do those features add value to you? Sure, the place has got the best floors around—miles of shiny, gleaming wooden floors. But is it conveniently located near your work? How many hours of travel time do you have to deal with every day? You might think that the location doesn’t matter but it does—a lot. So before you pick a house to rent, make sure you’re not shortchanging yourself by going for perceived value.

  • Tour the houses personally. While virtual tours are helpful in the first stages of finding a rental property, the more you narrow down your search, the more it becomes important that you see the property for yourself. That’s the only way you’ll get a real sense of how it is to live there.

These are just 4 tips to help you search through many houses for rent and find just the right home for you. Make sure you check the features you want and see which house checks all the boxes on your list. Try to find one that won’t bleed your wallet dry so you’ll have a financially better time easing into the transition and moving to a new home.

Need houses for rent in the Woodlands? The Woodlands Locating Services matches you with the right home.