Barry Courter has a 23-year-old son who graduated from college last year and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college.
THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME
Q: Dad, I'm about to sign a lease, so what should I look for?
A: Leases, and contracts in general, are great learning experiences. Unfortunately, we don't usually learn much until after the fact. Read them closely, ask questions, especially from others who have signed the same. Go online and read reviews about the company offering the contract. Find out what sort of things can change the contract. Such as, can the fee or rent go up and, if so, under what circumstances. Don't just trust the person selling it, and never agree to a contract over the phone.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...