8 Questions You Have To Ask Before Renting A House

8 Questions You Have To Ask Before Renting A House

Who do I call if something breaks?

Welcome to adulthood! So you're looking for your first apartment and are probably terrified by the notion. It doesn't have to be this way! As big of a step this is, moving out on your own will be worth it, as long as you know how to swing it.

Here is a compilation of tips and must-dos that I learned the hard way when I moved into my own place.

1. Will I need to find a roommate?

Or three. Depending on where you live and the type of units you're looking at, an apartment might have multiple bedrooms and the monthly rent is going to reflect that. If you don't already have people you trust enough to live with, you're going to need to find some.

2. What is included in the rent?

What is included in the rent and what is not varies in between units? Some will include all utilities and some will not. Depending on where you live, that can jump your monthly rental costs over a hundred dollars higher.

Make sure you ask before you sign the lease. Other than gas and electric, other costs could include water, cable, internet, garbage services, emergency repairs, lawn maintenance, parking, and snow removal.

3. Who do you call if something breaks?

If you live in a complex, there may be an on-call emergency repair person to contact. If not, it might be your landlord, who could be a little harder to get in contact with.

4. How long is the lease?

Some leases last for an entire year, and some only require one month's notice before moving out. If you don't believe you'll be around for very long, this is an important question to ask.

5. What happens if I have to break the lease?

A lease agreement is a legally binding contract. If you have to break your lease, it's quite possible that your landlord could sue you for the money owed for the entirety of the contract. Some landlords will be more understanding than others.

6. What happens if I can't pay rent on time?

Bounced checks or late payments can result in major fees. In general, let your landlord know as soon as you know if your payment will be late. They may give you an extension, or accept partial payment. Before it happens, make sure you know what the consequences may be.

7. How old are the appliances?

Some household appliances need to replaced every few years. I didn't know the hot water heater in my basement was over twenty-five years old until it flooded my basement over winter break and had to be replaced (hot water heaters should be replaced every ten years to avoid this very situation).

8. Is there anything else I should know?

Does it have lead paint? Asbestos? Are the walls made of plaster or drywall (important if you plan on putting any holes in the walls)? How old are the windows and the roof? How safe is the neighborhood? How often will the landlord visit the property? Are pets allowed? What is the subletting policy?

Moving on your own can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be! Arm yourself with knowledge and you'll be able to choose the apartment that best fits your situation. Hopefully, you won't have too many apartment horror stories.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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