Once you’ve chosen to rent a furnished apartment, you have two main options: renting from a person, and renting from a company. Your first instinct might be to rent directly from a condo owner, and this can frequently save you a significant chunk of money, but there are several advantages to choosing a company instead.
Here are the five biggest advantages to renting from a company:
You might be able to find a condo owner renting out a furnished place in the neighbourhood you want, but a company can offer you many location options. If they don’t have a property available in your top neighbourhood, they’ll have the expertise to point you towards similar neighbourhoods in the city of your choice.
A rental company representative can also give you a better idea of amenities in the neighbourhoods you’re considering, helping you make an informed decision.
Often when you’re renting a furnished apartment you don’t have a chance to actually visit the location before you move in. This makes it incredibly important to rent your apartment from a credible source.
An individual landlord has a lot of leeway in how they represent themselves, but a rental company is constantly under the public eye. They can’t risk having their name dragged through the mud, so they offer a consistent level of quality and service across all of their apartments. You’re also more likely to find reviews from previous customers for an actual rental company.
3. Consistency in service
This is mentioned above, but it’s important enough to get its own section. A rental company will have a standard list of amenities found in all their apartments. Many rental companies also offer deluxe packages with extra amenities.
Most companies offer a basic package that includes high speed internet, direct dial, international calling, and voice mail. These packages can be difficult for individuals to provide due to billing issues.
4. Payment options
Any rental company worth its salt will be able to accept all major credit cards, but setting up these payment options is difficult for the individual condo owner. Many individuals can only accept Paypal, e-Transfers, or cheques.
This is particularly detrimental when you’re making an advance payment/deposit on the apartment, as you may have to mail the owner a cheque. Then you have to wait for it to arrive and then clear in the owner’s account. Sometimes owners get a better offer during this time, and it’s fairly common to get your payment back with an apology note. A company, on the other hand, processes your payment right away and 100% guarantees your apartment.
5. Avoid day to day problems
Even the nicest apartment isn’t perfect, and breakdowns happen. It’s your landlord’s responsibility to fix most of these problems, but an individual owner can’t always deal with these problems in a timely fashion. Most also only rent one unit, and therefore can’t offer you another place to stay in case of a major breakdown.
Companies, on the other hand, have employees dedicated to fixing their rental units, and a variety of other units to offer in case something major happens. For additional resources, visit Premiere Suites.