Wednesday, 15 June 2016

John Haag - What to Look For When Renting a Family Home

John Haag is one of San Francisco’s most successful financial management consultants. He has lived in the Bay Area for over twenty years, and is no stranger to renting residential properties. Because of San Francisco’s extremely high population density, the housing market is extremely competitive and expensive. It can be very difficult for families to find a place to rent, but with some strategizing, you can find a beautiful single family home that meets your needs. Here’s what to consider when renting a home.

- Space: The most important thing for families to think about is the amount of space that the home provides. It is crucial that everyone in the home has enough space to live comfortably. In high-density cities such as San Francisco, it can be more difficult to find spacious homes and apartments, but with some creativity you can make it work.

- Safety: It is also important to consider how safe the home is. The home should be both internally safe (structurally sound, no plumbing or electrical issues) and externally safe (minimal crime in the neighborhood). It is always worth paying a little more for safety.

- Proximity to work and school: You’ll want to make sure that you can get to work or school relatively easily – it’s not worth it to live somewhere inexpensive if you are spending all of your money on gas or train fare.

- Value for money: It is important to compare many different homes before making a decision to ensure that you are getting the most bang for your buck. Don’t settle for paying too much for a home that doesn’t meet your needs.