Finding the Perfect Property to Rent
6 Insider tips for finding the perfect luxury property to rent
Staying in touch with luxury home trends is not hard. All it takes is flipping through a design magazine or scrolling through social media. Finding the right luxury property to rent, however, is a little more challenging. Not only does it take heaps of research, but you may have to search a while before finding a place you can call home. Across South Africa, there are countless homes of grandeur and elegance currently available on the market and knowing which to select is key in landing that dream lavish lifestyle.
Fortunately, we at Fine & Country South Africa streamline the process of searching for a home, and our expertise means your lifestyle, financing, and location all match plenty of superb rental options. Below, we take a look at six insider tips to help kickstart your search.
- Define what luxury means to you
For one individual, luxury might mean spacious rooms and lots of natural light. For another, it could mean granite or marble countertops, spectacular views, or a home with a rich history behind it. No matter what you consider opulent, this should be the basis of your search. For many prospective renters, high style is more of an ambience and an aesthetic than any singular definable features, so it may help to create a portfolio of design ideas you value in a home. This might change during your search for a property to rent, but it remains a great foundation from which to decide.
- Explore local neighbourhoods
Even the most extravagant homes might be located in an unpleasant neighbourhood. Before you begin looking for a property to rent, first explore and discover a few suburbs surrounding the area to which you wish to relocate. A less upscale home in an affluent area is always a wiser pick than a palatial residence in a crime-ridden, polluted part of town. Sometimes, striking the balance between an exceptional property to rent and an upmarket neighbourhood requires compromise to find a great home with superb potential and resale value.
- Make a list of features you enjoy
The home you choose is not just about where you lay your head each night, it needs to include features, facilities, and amenities that suit your lifestyle. These features could be anything, such as:
- Nearby retailers and shopping outlets
- Beautiful views of nature or a city skyline
- A recreational area for entertaining guests
- Privacy from neighbours
- A large backyard for your children
- “Smart-home” features
Some of these features might even be non-negotiable, and it is essential that you keep these in mind while viewing properties.
- Do not always rely on photographs
Some of the best homes have appeal that is not photographed well, and buyers and renters miss out on these residences because they dismissed these online listings based upon their photographs. Similarly, beautiful photographs are not always an indication that the property for rent is as striking as it appears in the listing, and an in-person viewing would give you a better idea of what to expect. It is best to read through the listing carefully and contact the agent to find out what the property to rent really offers.
- Stay patient while searching
It is important to understand that the process of finding the perfect home cannot be rushed. One does not want to settle on a subpar house for the sake of moving the process along. High-end estate requires patience because hasty decisions can be financially risky in the long run.
- Seek independent expertise
Here at Fine & Country South Africa, we offer clients the option of listings not found on standard property websites. With our specialist national knowledge, you will receive a seamless estate agency experience to help you find the home of which you have always dreamed.
For more information on our listings and services, feel free to contact us today.