Renting property in Singapore is an interesting procedure with terms and agreements that tend to be, shall we say, different, than most countries. This can sometimes work in your favor and sometimes not so much.
If property is being “handed” to or being “handed” back here are a few points and tips to look out out for…
1) LOI: Otherwise known as the “Letter of Intent”. This little document starts the parlay for negotiations. Most rents can be negotiated for a lower cost if you are willing to forgo or add in certain terms, such as painting, shower doors and awnings. Be careful what you do offer, in two years you may find a raise in your rent! Negotiating tip: Sometimes it’s cheaper to do it yourself than put it in the lease, do your homework.
2) Clear Documentation: You and your Property in Singapore agent should make a detailed tour of the house, take photos of any scratch (no matter how minor it may seem), turn taps on and switch the air cons on. Though you will always (should) have a 30 day repair clause for any faulty appliances, etc… Make sure this is all clear before you sign the lease. Hidden cost tip: Stamp Duty and GST
3) Move-in and Move-out Day: Be sure that your mover uses cardboard on the floors and along the walls. It is difficult to keep track of nicks and dings on moving day. If you do notice something, tell the foreman immediately and take a photograph. Clean-up tip: little marks and hand prints use the Mr Clean Miracle Sponge, available at Cold Storage (usually).
4) There’s a reason why everyone takes their shoes off before entering a house… scratches on the floors! The (usually) parquet floors scratch easily and the faux marble tiles scrape and scuff. Clean-up tip: Old English Scratch Cover for wood, it’s a miracle worker!
5) Watch those Potted Plants: Pots, bicycles and wrought iron furniture are just a few stain makers and most are irreversible damage on tiles. While this may seem like “normal wear and tear” the landlord may not think so. Maintenance tip: Scrub under them regularly and be sure it is dry before replacing the item. A great trick to help fade a stain is putting an old tea towel over the stain and pouring bleach over it. Let it stand for a day and voila, stain be gone…for the most part. Do test it in a small area and watch the grout!
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