The real estate industry in the Philippines is on the rise and you got into the bandwagon of buying a condo. You finally got your unit but you’re not quite sure if you want to move in it right away. But you don’t want to leave your newly acquired unit unoccupied, so what is a good solution for such a dilemma? Rent out your condo!
There are people who settle for whatever space they could find for as long as it fits their budget. But smart renters should not just settle. It may be on a lease, but it is still your home. The whole process can be daunting but remember that anything worth having is worth all the hard work. For those of you who are still looking for the perfect condo for rent, read on about a few tricks to be a smart renter.
Condos for rent in the Philippines belong to different communities, districts, and neighborhoods. Some are nearer to public transportation and major highways than shopping malls or schools. Re-assess what you need and want so you can narrow your search. Go back to the reasons why you want to rent a condo in the first place. If you want a place near your workplace then make that your priority. Never mind if the shopping mall is a little farther away. Having too many prospects on your short list will make house hunting much more difficult.
With so many buyers turning to condos as investments, it is likely that you will end up hitting a dozen units in one day. This can get confusing and even frustrating. It helps to write things down. Remind yourself of the pertinent info about a unit, both the good and bad, and run them through your top three priorities, such as: budget, location, space. Snap a picture to help you remember. There are homes that look better or worse on the second look.
Location is a major deal breaker and home owners who lease their unit also know that. Their ad will likely say that everything is just five to 15 minutes away. What does that mean? On public transport or on foot? With or without traffic? If you kind of liked the unit, it pays to give the location a test run. If they say that the business district where your office is located is just five minutes away, then see for yourself. It is best to do this exercise during rush hour when it really matters.
Do not limit your search to the unit itself. You have to know how it feels to live in a certain condo community. Walk around in and out of the premises and discover what the place has to offer. Look for things that you will likely need: laundry shop, convenience store, water refilling station, or a coffee shop. It is good that real estate companies capitalize on progressive neighborhoods that have a little bit of everything.
If you walked into a unit and you smell something bad, like it’s coming from the bathroom sink or the kitchen, better ask about it right away. Look up the ceiling and search for cracks and gaps. Check the flooring and the walls, too. Turn on the shower, run the water in the kitchen sink, and flush the toilet to see if everything’s working. Open the cabinets to see the actual storage capacity.
Condos for rent in the Philippines are usually priced higher than regular apartments because their location and various amenities. Walk around to see if you see yourself spending time in the pool area or if the gym has all the equipment you need so you can cancel that membership outright. If you like to go on an early morning or late night jog, find your spot. If you have kids, make sure they have their own spot, too.
It is heartbreaking if you find out on moving day that your customized sofa or bed frame can’t fit right into the front door. In every open house, make it a habit to bring a tape measure. Make sure that your pieces of furniture fit right where you want them to.
A parking space can make or break a deal. Find out where your slot is, if any. Find out if there’s a designated parking space for guests, too. If there’s none, know your options. Ask the administrators for parking spaces being rented out or if there is a private parking lot nearby they can recommend. Know also the risks of street parking in the area.
Remember that everything on a contract can be negotiated. It won’t hurt to ask, so just try asking. For example, you can ask that your payment date be moved on the 16th of every month because that’s when you have fewer financial obligations. No one is also stopping you from negotiating the rental rate. Parking rates and association dues are also things you might want to discuss. Even the term of the contract, from one year to six months, may be negotiated. Just try.
Renting should be taken as seriously as this is still a long-term commitment. It is still your home. Make sure that everything looks right and feels right. Be smart with your choices and be firm in your decisions. Happy condo hunting!