If you’re preparing to rent for the first time, there are some things that may surprise you. Whether you previously owned a home and made the decision to downsize or this is your first taste of independence, signing a lease is a big step. Pay attention and you won’t be caught off guard.

1. Read the Fine Print

It may seem like a waste of time to do more than skim the pages of the lease agreement, but make sure you have read them all. Keep an eye out for rules and restrictions that can catch you off guard. Does the contract address the following issues?

  • Are pets allowed?
  • Is smoking permitted?
  • Are there restrictions on long-term visitors?

You will likely find these answers within the lease agreement, and you do not want to miss your opportunity to negotiate.

2. Invest in Spackle and Touch-up Paint

No matter how careful you are, by the time you move out you’ll likely have a few holes and scuffs to take care of. Even minor damage can chip away at your deposit. Ask your landlord or property manager for the paint color and grab a sample can early on.

3. Don’t Forget Utilities

Before you get too excited about the low cost of rent, find out what you should expect to pay for utilities. Your landlord will often give you an estimate based upon current tenants when you ask. For many new renters, high utility costs make for an unwelcome surprise.

Renting can be a great experience, but don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and negotiate the terms.

At Keyrenter Provo, we strive to provide our renters with the best possible experience. With an emphasis on service and communication, we look forward to helping you transition into your new rental home or apartment. If you have questions about our properties, give Keyrenter Provo a call today at (801) 614-2000!