Family, Lifestyle

Things to Consider when Renting a Home

There are many benefits to renting a house, including having the space you need and the privacy you desire, all within a community you’re proud to call home. Deciding on the criteria of the home, however, can be a bit trickier. If you haven’t yet found your perfect rental home, now’s the time – because you should love the house you come home to. Here are a few items and things to consider in your search.

Location, Location, Location
While it may sound simple, finding the right location can be tough. It’s best to look for something centrally located to all of the things and places in your life you consider most important – jobs, schools, friends, shopping, dining, hobbies, etc. This way, you can eliminate long commutes and spend more time doing the things you love.

Number of Bedrooms
When searching for your future rental home, it’s imperative to take into consideration how many bedrooms you need. If you have kids, will they share a room? Do you have guests often? How many bedrooms do you have now? Is that enough or could you use another bedroom? Take a few minutes to think about what would work best now as well as in the future.

Square Footage and Floor Plan
Depending on your budget and the area, you should have a minimum number and an ideal number in mind as far as square footage. Maybe a 1,200-square foot home would work perfectly, or perhaps you need to find a large 3,000-square foot home that can accommodate your large family and is ideal for entertaining guests. If you live in 1,000 square feet now and you know you need more space but you’re not sure how much, take a tour of a few of our rental homes of various sizes and see what is ideal for your family – maybe it’s 1,400 square feet, 1,800 square feet, or even 2,000+ square feet.

We recommend considering the type of floor plan you’d prefer as well. Are you looking for an open concept floor plan where the kitchen is completely open to the family room and living areas, or a more traditional split floor plan where the kitchen is separate from the formal dining room and living room? Do you want all the bedrooms on the same floor, or would you like the master bedroom to be on a different floor or at least separated from the other bedrooms of the house?

If you have furry family members, make sure the home you’re renting is pet-friendly and ask about any associated breed restrictions, fees, or deposits. Next, consider things like a fenced backyard or at least a backyard with enough space for doggy exercise.

Here at Progress Residential®, for example, we allow all pet breeds (subject to applicable HOA restrictions) so you can bring the whole family.

Patios, decks, pools – oh my! When picturing the backyard, determine what would best fit your needs. Do you imagine a deck for outdoor entertaining? A pool to stay cool in the summer? Or maybe a large, grassy yard with a privacy fence? Chances are there’s a Progress home in your area with the perfect backyard for you.

Community Amenities
One of the best perks that comes from living in a master-planned community is the amenities! Consider if having items like a community pool, basketball court, tennis courts, and walking trails are a must. If you decide on a home that offers community amenities, as many of our homes do, check out our article here about how to make the most of them!

Not happy in your current home or apartment? It’s time to find your perfect rental home with Progress. Head over to to see all of the rental homes that are currently available, or becoming available soon, in your area!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 833.PRG.RESS (833.774.7377).

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