Finding somewhere to live requires a lot of time and effort. It’s not as simple as finding a new home and moving in right away. Depending on the location, you could be in competition with other people for the apartment. If you are looking to move, you need to plan ahead. Leaving things to the last minute will see you missing out on your potential new home. To avoid this, read our five tips for finding the best apartment to rent. (Image Credit: Outsite Co/Unsplash)
Start your Search Now
Don’t waste any time when it comes to looking for apartments for rent. They get snapped up pretty quickly so you need to start your search right away. Rentals in good locations go early in the month, so don’t hold off until mid-month to make the move. Give yourself the best shot at finding a good property and start looking for the first weekend of the month. There’s less competition then as it tends to get busier during the second and third weekends of the month.
Search for Rentals Online
Use sites like Realtor or Zillow to start your search. This will give you an idea of prices and apartment amenities. If you’re moving to a new town or city, you will also need to research the neighborhood you’re looking to move to. Look at transportation and grocery stores that are nearby. Make sure to go and view the apartment in person if you can, as pictures online can be deceiving. You need a good idea if the size of the apartment will fit your furniture and belongings in, and you can’t judge that based on pictures.
Find a Rental Broker
Most real estate brokers who specialize in rental properties will help you find an apartment free of charge. For areas where the competition is fierce, speak to a number of real estate agents. Some will have better relationships and access to different buildings than others and you should use this to your advantage.
Ask Plenty of Questions
You need to make sure you have found the right rental property for you. To do that you need to ask plenty of questions. It’s a big decision after all. If possible try to ask other renters in the building what it’s like living there and what the landlord is like. Ask the person you are renting from why the previous occupant left and if there have been any recent updates to the property.
Watch Out for Scams
If you see ads online asking for a deposit before viewing the property, don’t be fooled. Deposits are not required when viewing an apartment. Be cautious if anyone asks you for credit card details or if someone wants to rent an apartment to you privately. You need to provide your social security number and bank account details to run checks and you don’t want to be handing those details out to a stranger.
Finding an apartment to rent can take time, but if you plan in advance and follow the tips outlined in this post, you’ll be ahead of the competition and moving into your new apartment in no time.