If you approach your apartment search like you do a job search you will ultimately be better prepared, organized, and have more of a likelihood of securing the apartment of your dreams. Follow these 4 tips and let us help you get organized, and keep your apartment search smart while remaining focused.
Make A List. Keeping a list of those things that are priorities for your next apartment is key to helping you stay focused on your search.The list should include where you want to live, how many bedrooms you need, and how much you can afford monthly. If you require covered parking or an in-house gym, put those amenities on your wishlist. Do not attempt to go and preview apartments until you know what you are looking for.
Be Prepared. Gather all the financial information that a potential landlord might ask for during your appointment, and have a guarantor readily available. Be prepared to pay any deposits and/or an application fee if you find the perfect apartment. Do whatever it takes to show your next landlord that you are a serious renter and ready to lease.
Take Notes. Create a filing system and take notes as you review apartments. After you have been on several previews it will begin to feel like you have information overload. Good notes will help you in your decision making process.
Make A Comparison Checklist. There is only one way to eliminate apartments, and that is to keep a running list of positive and negatives of every apartment you see. The apartment search process involves a lot of paperwork and legwork, so keep yourself organized through the entire process. Your reward will be worth it when you secure that perfect apartment home!
The first step in organizing your apartment search should be to schedule an appointment with a licensed apartment locator. They can make the process of deciding where to live easier on you. Let an apartment locator keep the information overload to a minimum so you can focus on what is important in the rental process!