While renting a house can be an exciting process, renters may feel uncertain from time to time during their search. That’s why it’s important to think through several points before making a final choice. Your real estate services provider can often answer your more complicated questions, but the points in the following guide might help you feel more confident in your decision. 

What Points Should You Ponder Before You Rent a Home?

1. What Matters Most

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It’s easy to get caught up in the complexities of properties and decide that you want a particular type of amenity. But it’s far more important to ensure that your chosen property includes features you need—the non-negotiable details that make all the difference to your family’s comfort. For example, you might require double sinks in the master bathroom so that you and your spouse can get ready at the same time on busy mornings, or perhaps you need a tub to bathe the kids. When assessing your wish list, you may realize that you hoped for a spacious soaking tub or a walk-in closet. Identifying the difference between what really matters to your family and what might simply be nice is essential when your real estate services provider is locating potential properties for you to tour.

2. Who Handles Maintenance

Typically, structural maintenance is the responsibility of the landlord. That includes repairing and maintaining roofing, plumbing, and electrical systems. They’re also responsible for taking care of the gutters and the lawn and ensuring that your property’s most important components are functional. Sometimes, though, the renter may be responsible for certain repairs or maintenance. If that’s the case, the information will be implicitly stated in the lease. Your real estate services provider can help you review the fine details in the lease to prevent unwelcome surprises after you move into the house.

3. Renters Insurance Requirement

Though no state law requires Nebraskans to purchase renters insurance, many landlords and property managers explicitly require it of their tenants. Bear in mind that the insurance you purchase covers your belongings, while landlords must insure the physical dwelling. Any damage that it incurs due to weather and other perils is typically covered by the landlord's policy.


If you’re interested in renting, turn to Lange Real Estate & Appraisal. Proudly serving clients throughout Raymond, NE, Bill Lange is committed to helping you find the perfect property that meets your family’s needs. Visit the website to find out more, or call (402) 580-1987 to request a consultation.