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Points Not To Miss In A Rental Application

Filling out a rental application is the first step towards starting your journey in a new rental home. A rental application provides information that helps the homeowner in determining if you are fit to be considered as a tenant. 

Here is a quick guide on important points to be included in a rental application to make you stand out from other tenants:

  • Basic Information: Your rental application should consist of basic information about you such as your full name, phone number, current address, email address, etc.
  • Employment Information: Some property owners may require proof of employment to verify that the applicant is financially secure and will be able to pay rent. For this you may have to show recent pay stubs, an offer letter, a W-2 form, mention the monthly wage amount, and more.
  • Rental History: This is an important constituent of rental applications as it enables property owners to know their prospective tenants. Letters of reference from previous property owners, an esteemed colleague, a previous property manager, a credible professor, etc. may also be very helpful to prove your credibility as a tenant.
  • A Personal Touch: To make your rental application stand out from the rest, add a personal touch to it by writing a cover letter. The cover letter should mention reasons for which you feel you should be considered as a suitable tenant. Not only will the home owner get to know you better, but also you get to provide additional details that have not been covered in the application. However, remember to keep the cover letter short and professional.
  • Renters Insurance: Letting the property owner know that you are interested in purchasing renters insurance in the application letter is beneficial in many ways. First, it will protect your possessions from home-related emergencies and accidents. Secondly it shows the home owner that you are interested in taking care of the property.
  • Credit And Background Check: Even though these are not compulsory, some homeowners may ask you to provide information about your past credit history and any loans that you have accumulated for gauging how financially responsible you are. The application may also contain a section about criminal history as a background check.

Create a template that you can use each time you want to apply for a rental house. It will save you a lot of time and help you in replying to potential ads quickly.

Lone Star Realty & Property Management, Inc. provides numerous services to their clients in Killeen, TX. For further queries about rental properties, visit 1020 W Jasper Dr. Killeen, TX-76542. You can also call at (254) 699-7003. 

Tips For Long Distance House Hunting

Long distance house hunting could sounds like an unfathomable project but with the help of a good real estate team, sufficient knowledge, realistic goals and technological convenience, it can be achieved easily. Here are some great tips for anyone hunting for a house:

  • Consult A Realtor: A reputed and experienced realtor in the area of your choice is your best friend. He will be well-versed with the nuances of the area and will help you make a decision that’s in your best interest. Choose a realtor with a decent number of contacts. Read reviews of people who have availed the realtor’s services before and use that as a guide for finalizing one. A good realtor should be tech-savvy with some knowledge of social media platforms. He should have unique marketing strategies and must be easy to approach.
  • Do Your Own Bit Of Research: In addition to availing the services of a professional for house hunting, you should also educate yourself on the latest trends. Do some research on online platforms, call friends and relatives in and around the area, look into websites with useful information such as the livability costs of the area, job market, crime rate etc. Online listings are another great source for a comprehensive research of potential houses. They provide relevant information and clear picture of the house.
  • Be Clear About What You Want: Long distance house hunting calls for clarity of thought as far as your needs and requirements are concerned. Delve deeper into what it is that you want from the home you are looking for. What kind of locality are you interested in, which size do you want, how near/far the amenities are, how far is the school, medical care, airports etc. Answering these questions to the best of your ability will set you forward in the right direction. It will also save your agents time.
  • Cost Assessment: Ask your realtor to help you with determining the costs of living in various areas. Costs such as gas, eating out, public transportation etc. should be carefully considered. Compare these expenses with those of your current place of residence. Use the data to determine whether the move will be a financially viable one or not.
  • Travel: After all the research and endless communication with your realtor, you will finally have to visit the area. Nothing compares to actually being at a place and taking a look at the neighborhood, talking to the people around, checking out local amenities, transportation options, internet speed etc. This will help you make an informed decision.
  • Take Your Time: Never rush into a deal unless you are fully satisfied. After all the information from your agent and personal research, step back and give yourself time to reassess all the options.

For more information, contact Lone Star Realty & Property Management, Inc. We are located at 1020 W Jasper Drive, Killeen, TX 76542. You can also call us at (254) 699 – 7003.

Staging A Rental Home Before Showing

Staging a rental property helps in creating a great first impression. Potential tenants are more likely to rent a house in which they can imagine themselves living. The whole idea behind staging a property is to make the renters love what they see and yearn for it.

If you are considering to stage your rental property before showing it to potential tenants, here are some helpful tips:

  • Don’t Go Overboard
Never over do the staging. Keep it simple and real. Add an element of freshness and appeal to your bathrooms, kitchen, master bedroom and patio. These are the rooms tenants pay more attention to. Make use of fresh towels, indoor plants, rugs, end tables in the bedroom, planters in the patio etc.

  • Stick To Your Budget
You don’t have to spend more to make your rental property look stunning. Instead you should spend smart. Consider economical options like a smart combination of lamps, mirrors to make the space look larger and brighter, indoor plants, discounted accent pieces and so on.

  • Target Your Audience
Your style of staging the property should be in sync with the type of tenants you want to attract. You will have to do it differently for families, students, professionals etc.

  • Hire A Professional Home Stager
If you are not very sure as to how to go about staging your rental property effectively, get a professional stager to do it for you. At the end, it will definitely be worth the effort. You can then post professional photos and a virtual tour of your perfectly staged property on a listing website.

  • Colors And Decor
Avoid using bold colors and use neutral colors instead. Brighten up the space with pops of color in the form of throws and pillows. As far as the décor is concerned, make sure it is not very personal. The property should look inviting.

  • Get Rid Of Clutter
Clutter is notorious for making spaces look smaller than they actually are. Clearing clutter will instantly open up your rooms. Use furniture and items of décor sparingly and tastefully. Keep countertops clear and shove away all personal items.

  • Enhance Your Rental Property’s Unique Selling Points
Highlight the best parts of your property. These could be points like a fireplace, a unique bookshelf, a special piece of art and so on. Make use of strategic lighting to make such corners and pieces stand out.

  • Nice Smell
Infusing pleasant and refreshing smells on the day of showing your property to tenants is a major part of staging. Get rid of all nasty smells such as those of dampness, cigarettes, food items etc. You can repaint the house to get rid of old smells completely. Alternatively, you can light up scented candles on the show day.

For more information, contact Lone Star Realty & Property Management, Inc. We are located at 1020 West Jasper Drive, Killeen, TX 76542. You can also call us at (254) 699–7003.

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