Apartment hunting can be a stressful time. You’re spending hours after work looking for apartments that aren’t meeting your expectations. As a result, you’re tired and frustrated. If this sounds all too familiar, don’t waste another day being dragged along from unit to unit by property managers. Instead, go apartment hunting with a purpose. Consider these tips to help you find the perfect rental unit the next time you go apartment hunting.
• Have a Game Plan – Before you begin apartment hunting, you should have an idea of what you’re looking for. Are pets allowed? Is laundry on-site? Make a list of criteria, and have an idea of what you’re willing to budge on. You should also know your budget. It’s a waste of time to look at apartments that are well above your monthly budget, no matter how much fun doing so maybe.
• Look When Apartments and Townhomes are in Abundance – The number of available units is highest at the end of the month. Looking when there is high inventory increases your chances of success. Additionally, you should wait until winter if possible. The winter is not a popular time to move, which means there will be plenty of open apartments.
• Have the Necessary Paperwork Ready – Scrambling to find important documents can prove costly, especially if the unit you are looking at is a hot commodity. Property managers can process an application is as little as a day, and they’re inclined to reach a rental agreement on a first-come, first-serve basis. Someone else can swoop in and apply for the apartment while you are trying to scrounge up old documents. Make sure the necessary documents can be turned over in a heartbeat when you find your dream apartment.