I don't work with a lot of rentals, but I would say, or sure, to make sure that you request any items you want to be done up front. For example, if you want the unit totally painted, ask. Bargain it. Ask for a professional clean-up or cleaning (more than "broom clean"). You might ask for the door locks to be changed, etc. If you are renting a house (as compared to a condo/apartment), make sure you have negotiated who pays for what....i.e., snowplowing, landscaping, mowing lawn, etc. Landlords usually pay water/sewer, but you are responsible for other utilities, but the snowplow and landscaping/lawn are negotiable. Also, you might want to check the area to see "average" rental costs, and negotiate from that position. There is competition out there, and you might be able to negotiate a few hundred off the asking rental price. Remember, you can ask for anything....and landlord/seller can refuse anything. Always worth asking.