So you think you are ready to rent a house…
Here are some things to consider as you begin the leasing process:
| GET YOUR GROUP TOGETHER
Decide how many people you will be living with and be 100% certain that everyone in your group is on the same page.
This includes your parents!
| DISCUSS YOUR BUDGET
Talk about your budget with all of your roommates and parents. Keep in mind that you also have utility bills each month. Also remember that the cheapest rent isn’t always the best “deal.” Older houses usually have higher utility bills, while newer homes are often more energy efficient.
TALK WITH YOUR PARENTS!
| LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Do you want to be in “The Box?” At Rumsey Properties, this is what we call the area closest to campus. Generally, this refers to the area from Hackberry Lane to Queen City Avenue and from 15th Street to Riverside Drive. Rent is generally higher the closer you are to campus, but the additional cost can often be offset by saving on parking passes!
| ROOMMATE COMPATIBILITY
Many people simply assume that things will just work out. Discuss your ideal style of living. Do you want the parties to be held at your house or at someone else’s house? Is there a boyfriend or girlfriend who will be spending a significant amount of time at your house? If one roommate likes to play loud music while another is trying to study, or if one person is a slob and the other is a “neat freak” it is best to figure this out before you decide to live together for a year!
Pets are not allowed in the majority of our houses. We do have some houses that allow them. Ask upfront about which houses allow pets. This is a serious issue that is strictly enforced. Pets have caused major problems between tenants and landlords and can often cause rifts between roommates as well. This is especially true when parents receive a bill for damages caused by a roommate’s pet.
| AGE OF THE HOUSE
As we mentioned previously, many older homes are less energy efficient than newer homes. Keeping an older home cool or warm could possibly be more expensive than one of our newer homes.
| BEDROOMS TO BATHROOMS RATIO
Does everyone in the house need their own bathroom? Do you mind sharing with the roommates? Move-in day is not the time to decide that you do not want to share a bathroom!
| COMMON AREAS
Do you plan on entertaining in the house or do you need just enough space for watching TV?
How many of you have a car in town? Are there enough spots for all of your cars?
We would like to think that we have a house that fits any of your needs. We have a number of great houses, large and small, on and off campus available for leasing. Keep in mind that we begin leasing in early OCTOBER! The more prepared you are ahead of time, the more likely you are to get the house that you’ve set your eyes on!
Here are some contacts that may come in handy from time to time:
1 Stop Laundry
1300 Paul W Bryant Drive
A-1 Alabama Key & Locksmith
1419 McFarland Blvd., E
915 Queen City Avenue
5220 Metro Park Drive
City of Tuscaloosa Water Department
2230 6th Street
(205) 248-5311 or simply dial “311”
1451 Dr Edward Hillard Dr #100, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
1407 10th Avenue
(205) 758-5356 (FAX)
3700 Northbrook Drive. Suite 11
Northport, AL 35473
Tuscaloosa Police Department
3801 Millcreek Avenue
Two Men & A Truck
1001 McFarland Blvd NE
1110 Jackson Ave.
Rumsey Properties makes every effort to provide our tenants with the very best in service.
We ask that all maintenance requests be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com.
Our 24-hour emergency service number is available to you.
For emergencies, please contact us at (205) 758-5371.
- Major Flooding
- Major Plumbing
- Sewage Backup
For non-emergency maintenance, please call us during normal business hours, M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm, 205-758-5371.