Get the edge over other would-be renters.
You need an apartment and you need it now. But how do you find the right one, the apartment with your name on it? We've got tips for you to be successful on the hunt.
Get yourself in a gung-ho apartment search frame of mind. You could be looking at many units until you find your ideal apartment.
Select a Realtor from a known company in or near your desired search area. By selecting a Realtor to assist you in your search, you will save your self much time and a lot of aggravation. Select a Realtor that knows the areas in which you are looking, knows the inventory available and will spent the time you need to find your next apartment. Spent time before you go look at apartments describing what your needs are - number of bedrooms, baths, do you need parking, what areas do you want to look in, how much do you want to spend, etc.
Keep your checkbook with you. When you see an apartment, which looks good to you, you are going to have to decide and act upon it quickly. Good places do not stay on the market long! People constantly lose good places due to indecision.
Collect all of your rental information before you visit your first vacancy. You may want to fill out an Apartments Unlimited application form. These forms are comprehensive and accepted by most landlords.
Have a credit report with you and give yourself an edge over the next guy. Landlords will be impressed by your organization and preparedness. As well, you'll save money by not having to shell out for each and every landlord that requires one.
Dress and groom as though you are going to a job interview. In many respects it is the same. Landlords of really good units usually have their pick of several applicants. They are looking for:
- Someone both able and responsible enough to pay rent on time.
- People who will treat them and their property with care and respect.
- Quiet tenants who will not be disturbing to other tenant or neighbors.
Always keep your appointments and always show up on time. No-shows are a major source of frustration for building managers and landlords.
Don't get discouraged. Finding a great place is not easy, but it is well worth the effort. Keep your chin up, get back on the phone and remember to always sound cheerful!