Ok, so we have been to see some rentals, and they are both nice in different ways. This is in Oz, so the houses are bigger.
Number one property Is a bungalow style, so no stairs. Has a lovely kitchen that's open plan. In a great area, with 3 playgrounds nearby, school across the road. Only downside is it has a pool with no fencing which we will have to fit, and pay for. No grass out back, but paved. Has 5 bedrooms, of which, one will end up being a study. Also has a theatre room, laundry room, downstairs wc. Master bedroom has ensuite, but the walk in robe is not the biggest.
Property number two Is two storeys, so stairs. Also 5 bedrooms, one will be a study. Has a massive kitchen, living area. A great sized garden with no pool to maintain. The adult bedrooms are upstairs both, and 3 are downstairs. Also has a theatre room, laundry room, bathroom downstairs with built in wardrobes. Master bedroom has double the size walk in wardrobe than property number one, which is also big. The area is residential, and new, and not as established as property one. Has no playgrounds nearby, but a huge park a short distance away.
My question is, which would you go for? Property one in the better established area, or property two, which is a newer house, in a newer area, that has No pool, which is what we wanted as they're a lot of hassle.
Where in Oz are you? There are quite strict rules on pools being fenced these days and I'm pretty sure in many states you can't rent out a house if the pool is unfenced (and it seems unreasonable to expect the tenant to do so). Although if you don't want the hassle of a pool, then number 2 sounds like the best choice obviously...
We're in Perth, and the landlords have the certificates for the pool. It only has to have a retracting latch on the door minimum, which it has. It's to do with the age of the property and pool. It does cost $120 ish per month to clean and maintain the bloody thing. Hence why it's put me off. We've been approved for property number one, but will lose our $675 deposit if we get approved for house number two. Which is a small price considering it's $4000 cheaper per year than number one. And that doesn't include the fencing. Our dd's are 3 and 16 months.