8 Tips For Renting A House

8 Tips For Renting A House

Renting a house is not that easy a task as it may seem on the surface. For someone like me who’s moved in and out of a fair share of rented apartments as well as bungalows, I know that renting a house does not only take careful consideration of more than a dozen things but also requires proper planning and organisation to make THE MOVE as smooth as possible and, not to forget, convenient for everyone in the family.

Especially in these times of social-distancing and the entire world economy suffering because of the global Corona pandemic, one needs to be smart and vigilant while hunting, finalising as well as sealing the rent agreement and moving in.

Thankfully, because of the modern technology and the internet, various sources are available at one’s disposal to make the entire process as simplified and less strenuous as can be.

Here are my 10 Tips For Renting A House

1. Thoroughly researching the neighbourhood.

The most important factor to look out for while hunting for a rented apartment in any are is to research the neighbourhood and to find a little (however much possible) about the neighbours. It always serves well to know what kind of people you will be interacting with and what type of locality you would be living in.

2. Careful inspection of the property

Always make sure to make thorough inspection of the property you are planning to rent. If the property has damages then you will either have to talk to the landlord to get it repaired or will have to at least make sure that the damage was already there before you moved in and preferably have it acknowledged by the landlord in writing.

Also, it will help you to negotiate or barter for the rent of the place.

3. Understanding the local landlord-tenant laws

Mostly the laws are universal, but there are some minor changes in landlord-tenant laws depending on the locality you want to rent a place in. Whenever it comes to legalities relating to property, whether it is for renting or buying, one can never be too careful.

4. Budget consideration

You need to make sure that you have studied the rent pricing in all the areas that you are considering for renting a place in. Pick the one that sits comfortable in your budget as most probably you’ll be paying for additional and unforeseen expenses in the process of moving in and settling in the new place. So it is always better to get a place under your budget so as not to end up in financial trouble with unforeseen expenses.

Also, the pricing depends on the rise or fall of the real estate market (which greatly depends on the world as well as national economy.)

The pricing of apartments greatly depend on the kind of apartment you are looking for as well as the area it is situated in. For example, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Norfolk, VA is currently $949. This is a 11% decrease compared to the previous year.


5. Understanding the lease terms

It is imperative to properly go through and understand the lease terms of your landlord because once the lease is signed, you won’t be able to change or negotiate later. So make sure to thoroughly check the lease terms (more than twice) and making sure to request changes if necessary before finalising the place and signing the lease.

6. Looking into renter’s insurance

Renters insurance can help you repair or replace property after loss due to many types of damage or theft. It can also provide coverage for an accident at your residence. Policies usually have very affordable annual premiums. Note that your landlord’s property insurance doesn’t cover your belongings.


This is self-evident and everyone must have a renter’s insurance to protect them against unforeseen circumstances.

7. Establishing a good relationship with your landlord

It is always important to spend a considerable time in getting to know them better. You must maintain a healthy and friendly relationship with your landlord in order to make sure that your life in their rented place is peaceful and without difficulties. If there is any problem you can always talk to them and seek a solution rather than fighting with the. Never antagonise your landlord because it can end up in making your stay in the rented place a living nightmare.

8. Accessibility to and from

You don’t want to get stuck in a place that is too far away from your work, your partner’s work or your children/sibling’s school. Accessibility to and from your workplace has to be considered while looking for a rented place. Also, accessibility to the local supermarket, gas station, schools, vets, hospital and other such places of importance should be considered before finalising any agreement.

Another thing to consider is the accessibility to public transport, especially if you or anyone in your family use public transport on a regular basis.

So these are the tips that I can guarantee will help you in making the process of renting places in the US simple and organised.

Fiction Writing Basics – 5-Day Online Workshop

Fiction Writing Basics – 5-Day Online Workshop

Hello dear readers and writers, after some exhausting and mentally strenuous months, I am back with another workshop.

Fiction Writing Basics – 5-Day Workshop

Last year I conducted multiple batches of Fiction Writing Masterclass and Creative Writing workshops and the one thing I noticed in all of the students was that most of them did not know how to write and where to begin. Keeping this in mind, I wanted to start the workshops for this year with the most basic course, spread over 5 days so that the students can get enough time to not only learn, but to understand, implement and discuss each and every topic.

When I say students, I mean all the people who attend my class – right from 15-year old teenagers to 80-year old professors, I teach everyone whoever is interested in learning writing.

I implore you to read through my bio and profile to know exactly why you should learn from me, a self-taught award-winning fiction writer.


  • Date: 3rd May to 7th May 2021 (Mon to Fri)
  • Fees: Rs.1000 per person (10% off for old students)
  • Medium: Online
  • Platform: Google Meet
  • Study Material: Notes will be provided
  • Duration: 2 hours on all 5 days
  • Critique of exercises: Peer critique (all homework & exercises will be discussed in the class)


3rd May’2021 – Monday
Introduction to Creative Writing & Fiction Writing
Genres in literature
Discovering The Writer Within
Ways of writing and the best way to write
WHAT to write – finding and developing ideas
Important Terminologies
Important Literary Devices
Writer’s Block
Writing Styles
Literary Themes
4th May’2021 – Tuesday
Understanding Drafts
Importance of First Draft & Second Draft
Exposition, Narration & Point Of Views
Rules of Fiction
Elements Of Fiction Writing
Tools Of Fiction Writing
External conflict & POVs
Understanding Plotting a story
Elements of Plot Structure
Aristotle’s Basic Story Structure
3 Traditional Plot Structures
5th May’2021- Wednesday
Characterisation basics
Types of different characters
Character as per their narrative function
Character arcs
Inner Conflicts
Character Motivation and Stakes
Character Backstory
Profiling the characters
6th May’2021 – Thursday
My Story Framework
Show, don’t Tell technique
Dialogue writing basics
Understanding Pacing & Tension
Structuring a scene
Conflict, Resolution and Ending
Self-Revising and Self-Editing
7th May’2021- Friday
How to improve your writing
Reading to improve your writing
Writing-Related Concepts
– Freewriting
– Morning Words or Pages
– Blank Page Syndrome
– Prompt-Writing
– Idea Journal
Biggest Insecurities faced by Writers & Security Blanket For Writers
Using MindMapping and Brainstorming to write

Extra Perks!

  • Detailed Study Material will be provided
  • 60 Writing Prompts for you to write and practice
  • 50-traits Caracter Profile Sheet
  • 50% off on my Online Writing Consultation Service (for one hour consultation)
  • 20% off on Manuscript Critique Service (1 critique)
  • 1 month access to my Blog’s Monthly Subscription Service. To read more about this, please visit my website: http://www.crazycatwriter.com

Registration & Payment:

The fee for this course is Rs.1000 per person. There is a 10% discount for my old students – people who have previously attended at least one of my paid workshops.

Please register yourself for this workshop here: Registration.

Once you re registered for the course, you will receive the payment details and further details via email.

What Is Camp NaNo WriMoWriMo?

What Is Camp NaNo WriMoWriMo?

If you are writer who’s even mildly active on social media then you might have heard about the NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. But what about Camp NaNoWriMo?

Camp NaNoWriMo is a spinoff of NaNoWriMo which you can customise as per your own needs. In their own words:

Camp NaNoWriMo is your next, great writing adventure! Every April and July, take the chance to do something new with your writing… with all the flexibility that Camp offers. You can set your own writing goal (you’re not locked into 50,000 words!), and work on any writing project, novel or not.

Camp NaNo Website

It has no restrictions of word count so you can look at it as a flexible NaNoWriMo.
It is good for all writers, especially for those who are new to this format of writing because of the flexibility it offers. You can writer either 10K words of 100K – there is absolutely no word count limit (minimum or maximum.)

You can sign up for Camp Nano here and join the most awesome writing community on the planet. This would be my 8th year, and I will be working on the proof of Sinister Town for this April’s Camp Nano.

So what are you waiting for? Going Camp NaNoWriMo today and get started on your writing project. You can even join writing groups there or create one of your own.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo April 2021?