If you’re planning to move somewhere new or just want better living at your current apartment, we’ve got some advice and tips on how to win over your landlord. Making a good impression is important to have a good experience in your living situation. This is why we’ve compiled some ways to help you get a good understanding of what it takes to have a good relationship with the property manager. If you execute these tips, then you should be able to live very comfortably where you are.
1) Stick to your budget
When you decide it’s time to start looking for a new place to live, the first thing you should do is make a budget. Being able to pay your rent each month is key to winning over your landlord. Then once you’ve decided on how much you’re able to pay, stick to it. Don’t look for places outside of your allotted range. Not only will your landlord be happy, you’ll also have a lot less hassle when you stick to the budget.
2) Have the cash
Along with setting your budget, you’ll want to be prepared for all the extra fees that go along with renting a place. When you’re looking at a new place, most landlords will charge fees even before you’ve been approved for the apartment. Some of the most common are the application fee and the deposit fee. However, there are several others that might come up, like a pet deposit, parking permits, and sometimes even the last month’s rent.
3) Make a good first impression
When you first meet with your prospective new landlord there are many things you’ll want to take into consideration. One of the most important is to make a good first impression right off the bat. be respectful, dress professionally, and be on time for the first meeting. Along with that, have a few questions prepared beforehand that you can ask. During that time, it’s also good to point out the reasons you’d be a good tenant in that particular apartment.
4) Bring a rental resume
Another important aspect of making a good first impression is being prepared. When you find a place that you want to check out, be sure to have a rental resume prepared that you can hand over when applying. This will not only reflect well on you, but it will also speed up the application process. You should be sure to include your rental history along with your current residence, contact information, current employment, and references.
5) Create a pet resume
If you want to be on your landlord’s good side, the first thing to do is not hide your pets. Pick places that allow pets and follow the guidelines they have outlined. Though another great way to let your landlord know that you and your pet will be good tenants is to create a pet resume. You should include a photo and description of your pet. Have their name, breed, and weight as well as a reference from your past residence. Also include documentation for vaccinations, flea and heartworm medications, and if your pet is spayed or neutered.
6) Read the fine print
Before making any final decisions, you’ll want to make sure you understand everything written on your lease. While nothing will make your landlord happier than a resident who thoroughly understands what they are signing, you are the one who is truly benefiting from this. By fully reading the documents and disclosures, you can see all the hidden fees, restrictions, and guidelines. Now if your landlord tries to charge you extra for something you didn’t see in the lease or contract you can bring it up to them.
7) Get everything in writing
Along with reading all of the fine print, be sure to get everything in writing. This way you can take it home with you and continue to review what is expected of you as well as from the property. If something arises, like the landlord coming to you with a price change or unseen fees, you know what is allowed from the contract you’ve already signed.
8) Follow the rules
One of the biggest ways to keep on your landlord’s good side is to follow the rules. After you’ve signed the contract with the property, you must follow their guidelines and rules. By not breaking any of your legally binding oaths, you’ll be a good resident and good neighbor as well as keep things easier for you.
9) Pay the bill
In the long run, the best way to keep your landlord happy is to pay your rent on time. It’s a must to pay your rent on time and should be considered the number one priority. If you’re late, not only will you have to pay extra, but you also give the impression that you’re not a responsible tenant.
10) Be a good tenant
By this, we mean all the little things, like being a good neighbor and taking care of your apartment as well as giving notice before you leave. Pay attention to the small things in life. Be respectful to your neighbors and management, clean the apartment regularly, and take care of rent on time. All of these are some of the little things that we need to take care of every day.
If you follow these simple tricks, you are sure to have a great place to call home. While also staying on management’s good side. What are some of your favorite tricks to do to help stay in the good light while living in an apartment? Let us know in the comments.
If you’re looking to move to Seattle, or if you’re looking for a new place to live, find your next dream apartment here. And while on your search for the best apartments, be sure to check out our post on some of the reasons you should live in Seattle.