5 Steps on how to rent property online

property-for-rent-GautengThe South African economy has shrunk by 0.6 percent, and the housing market is not showing any promise of rising anytime soon. The good news is, South Africa’s Internet economy is on the rise and is only continuing to do so.

This is the best time for you to consider renting property online. From young people to the retired; everyone is looking to downgrade from larger homes that require a lot of maintenance, to something more manageable and much cheaper.

So what are the steps to finding the best property to rent online?

Step 1: Know what you looking for
Before you start searching the Internet, ask yourself these necessary questions: How many bedrooms would you like the property to have? How many bathrooms? What kind of environment are you looking for? Would you like it to be family or student friendly? Would you want it to be furnished or are you bringing your own furnisher?

All these questions are very important, as they will lead you to exactly what you are looking for.

Step 2: Know your budget
It is imperative to know how much you are willing to spend on a property. This will allow you to find property that suits your needs and is worth your money.

Also, when calculating property cost, include electricity and water amounts. If unsure of how much you will be spending on electricity, estimate!

Step 3: Start your search
Visit sites that are not only creditable, but also those that maintain their property listings. Click on the search tab and type in the words ‘property to rent’ then include the region where you are looking for property to rent e.g. Gauteng.

Include the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and other specifications of your desired property.

Step 4: Check the property listings
This is a chance for you to compare what you have found, to what you are looking for.

You might find the property you are looking for but at a much cheaper rate than you had calculated. If you still haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for, customize your search by including specific details.

If you are a senior citizen or someone with a physical or mental disability and your search has only led you to properties that do not fit your needs, customize your search. Go back to your search tab and include the type of environment that will best suit your needs and challenges.

Step 5: Send an email to the property estate agent
You have found a property that best suits your needs however, you have questions and concerns before you make the final decision on the property. What do you do?

Simple. Send an email to the property agent and ask. Whether you would like more pictures of the property or contact details of the person renting out the property, just ask.

Online shopping has become a phenomenon that is moving up in the world. The transactions costs are reduced and sharing assets has become even cheaper and less of a hassle.

For the best offers on property to rent in Gauteng or any of our other 9 provinces, visit the Junk Mail website.

Yolanda Zondo

Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every hand we touch could become story fabric

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