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5 Tips for Renting a House in Cincinnati

filed under: Informational posted on August 24th, 2012

Guest Author:  Justin Greig A self-proclaimed “21st century hippie,” Justin studied Journalism at Berkeley and freelances for many environmental publications. He has a special interest in conservation, and he and his wife recently added solar panels to their home

It’s time for a change, and renting a new home could be a part of your new chapter. Whether you’re new to Cincinnati or you already live there, relocating in Cincinnati doesn’t have to be difficult. You’ll have to arrange your move and consider new furniture, but despite these logistics, it is still an exciting time.

Follow these seven steps as you look for apartments or houses to rent in Cincinnati, and you’ll find yourself connecting with your perfect living space in no time.

Determine Your Monthly Price Range

Before you start looking for apartments or houses to rent in Cincinnati, determine what you’re willing and able to spend on rent. It is recommended to keep monthly rent around 25 to 30 percent of your gross monthly income.

List Your Needs, Preferences and Requirements

What do you want and need in your living space in order to love it? Do you prefer a quiet, residential space, or do you like to be near shops, cafes and restaurants? Would you rather be near a freeway entrance or near a school for your children? Do you need laundry facilities on site? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Make a comprehensive list that describes the features of your ideal living space.

Get Renter’s Insurance Quotes

For piece of mind, research renter’s insurance quotes in the area. Premiums are usually reasonable, and you’ll sleep easier knowing you’re covered.

Scout Out and Find Your Favorite Neighborhoods

  • Here are just some of the neighborhoods of Cincinnati:
  • Blue Ash: Great for kids and raising a family. Safe, picturesque, with lots of good schools and recreational facilities.
  • Clifton: A diverse neighborhood with quaint shops and public green spaces. A mixture of ethnicities and ages, ranging from college students, to professionals, to the very wealthy.
  • Downtown: The heart of Cincinnati. Features entertainment, fine dining, art and culture. Modern urban living is in close proximity to an excellent library and great shopping.
  • Glendale: A beautiful, peaceful, quaint, suburban village. Has tree-lined streets, public parks and a slower pace of life.
  • Kenwood: Known as the epicenter of Cincinnati shopping. Convenient to the freeway and close to both suburbs and Downtown. A great hybrid of urban and suburban life.
  • Northside: Hip and progressive, this neighborhood is favored by artists, musicians and other creative types. It is a liberal environment for both work and play, with eclectic restaurants, businesses and culture.

Find Ideal Spaces and Comparison Shop

Use the internet and local listings to choose places in the neighborhoods you desire in your that fit the price range you are looking for. Also, be sure to consider the amenities offered. Make appointments to see these places. Narrow the list down to your top two or three favorites. View these top choices again if necessary.

Make Your Choice and Finalize Details

It’s time to make your final decision. Before you decide, be sure you’re happy with daily logistics like parking, proximity of a public school and grocery stores. Meet with the landlord and apply to rent out from the place you choose. If you are approved, sign the lease and start making preparations to move.

Document any Current Issues and Report to the Landlord

Upon getting the keys and before moving items in, go over the entire space and make a list of any current damages or problems. Report them to your landlord and have them addressed before the move in. This way, when your lease is up, you will not not be blamed for the damage.

Follow these basic steps, and you’ll be well on your way to finding and renting your ideal home in Cincinnati!

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