Are you getting ready to rent a two-bedroom townhome for you and your family? Here are a few important things to think about when choosing a place:
It's a good idea to consider whether you want to share a bathroom with your kids or another family member who will be living in the second bedroom of the townhome you're renting. How are the cleaning habits of your other household members, and how often do they tend to spend time in the bathroom? If you're living with a teenager, chances are that they spend a lot of time in the bathroom.
You might be able to save some money by renting a townhome with one bathroom, but the inconvenience may not be worth the money savings in the long run. If you think you'll be inconvenienced at all by having to share a bathroom, choose a two-bedroom townhome rental that features a second bathroom in the master suite.
You should also make sure that you fully understand the pet restrictions and policies that are in place for the townhome you'll be renting to make sure that you don't break those regulations at any point. Because two-bedroom townhomes are large and tend to feature enclosed backyards for privacy, you shouldn't have a problem finding a place that will allow you to have cats and dogs.
But the rules and restrictions will likely vary from place to place depending on the owner's preferences. So if you currently own or plan to own a dog breed that is considered aggressive, such as a pit bull or rottweiler, make sure that townhouse you rent allows such breeds. If you don't, you may end up having to move or give up your family member before all is said and done. Also, find out how many pets you're allowed to have to make sure that the stray kitten your child brings home someday in the future doesn't end up getting you into trouble if you decide to keep it.
Safety and Security
It's not enough to know that the two-bedroom townhome you'll be renting is located in a safe neighborhood. You need to know what the crime is like on your street and who is actually living nearby as your neighbors. It's important to find out whether stray animals tend to roam the roads that could endanger your kids while they are playing outside. You should also have a clear understanding of what's being done to keep your community safe as time goes on. Find out if there is a community watch group in place and whether the police department does regular patrols in the area. You can talk to the owner of the townhome you're renting and the county housing department to learn about crime statistics and risks in the area. Also, talk to neighbors about measures they are taking personally and as a group to keep the community safe.