Family, Lifestyle

Things to Consider when Renting a Home

There are many benefits to renting, including having the space you need and the privacy you desire all within a community you’ll be proud to call home. Deciding on the criteria of the home, however, can be a bit trickier. Here are a few items to consider when looking for the perfect rental home.

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 important things in your life – jobs, schools, friends, shopping, dining, 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? Take a few minutes to think about what would work best now and 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 for entertaining?

Also, consider whether you want 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.

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 space to run around.

Here at Progress Residential, for example, we allow most pet breeds so you can bring the whole family.

Patios, decks, pools – oh my! When picturing the backyard, determine what best fits your needs. Do you need a deck for entertaining? A pool to stay cool in the summer? Or, maybe a grassy yard with plenty of space?

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 decided on a home with community amenities, check out our article here about how to make the most of them!

Head over to to see all of the rental homes that are available in your area! If you have any questions, give us a call at (844) 823-2372.

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