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How To Rent A House In Silicon Valley In 7 Steps

How To Rent A House In Silicon Valley

Step-By-Step Guide

  1. Be In Silicon Valley.  Many people anxious to find a place attempt to rent before moving into the bay area. While it is helpful to be conscientious to do homework before moving, you have to be physically here to view the places you’d like to rent. I would suggest that you find a temporary place for a week or two and schedule appointments during this week to go view houses.


  1. Search aggregators.  There are only a few platforms in Silicon Valley that have critical masses that is worth your time to search. Firstly, craigslist is one of the most used platforms. Craigslist being widely popular is what deserves attention, but the terrible user experience with craigslist causes me to recommend other aggregators that crawl on craigslist. This brings to the second platform and aggregator, PadMapper. Padmapper does not have many postings on the platform itself, but it crawls on craigslist to display its listings on a geographical map. This makes it useful for your search and the user experience a much smoother process. Thirdly, popular platform and aggregator, Zillow. Zillow combines aggregated listings as well as those on its platform. It has the most efficient system, allowing you to send enquiry emails in a templated, efficient manner. These three platforms are all you need to find a good house.


  1. Schedule Appointments.  Dedicate a few days to go for house viewings back-to-back. Some houses don’t turn out the way you expect, many have a tedious application process. If you like the house, do not take too long to think about it. You should have done your market research in step 2 and when you start viewing houses, you should know what you are ready to accept. At this point, you should have done your window-shopping online – otherwise, you’d waste time travelling and going for appointments when you are not ready.


  1. Submit Applications.  Submit your application as soon as possible because you will not be the only person considering the house and it will be a waste of time if you like the house but someone else has taken it, since usually it is a first-come-first-serve basis. Be prepared to submit more than one application – especially if you just arrived in the country and have no credit history (or if you have bad credit history). In such cases, you may be asked to put in a higher security deposit. This is reasonable for the landlord to be insured that you pay up your rents or damages if any.


  1. Signing Lease.  When your application is accepted and the house has been allocated to you, you would be asked to sign a lease. The lease governs the agreement between the landlord and you (the tenant). Read these terms carefully before you lay the pen ink above the dotted line. Be sure that the terms are reasonable. If you are not satisfied, you can suggest to add or edit terms.


  1. Taking Over The Keys.  Congratulations, you are getting the keys to your new house. At this point of taking over, there should be an inspection of the house done with the landlord. This is to ensure that the state of the house is accurately recorded. If there are any cracks, damages or impact on the furnishing, these should be noted otherwise the landlord might deduct from your security deposit in the name of your damages. Therefore, check thoroughly and report any discrepancies as early as possible (in a week).


  1. Maintain The House. Now you are done with all of the administration. You are living in the house that you like and for the rest of the duration, take care of the house. Remember the security deposit? If the house is not taken care and is damaged, that deposit can easily vanish. Maintain the house and get back your deposit.

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