Many people today are learning how to find an apartment to rent from several different sources. No longer do you have to rely just on the local newspaper, today the internet, and even advertisements provide a wealth of opportunities. This makes finding an apartment to rent so much easier, with more choices, than ever before.
Apartment hunting is not easy. It is not a walk in the park. You’d think it’s easy, but it isn’t. If I were to describe the experience, looking for an apartment involves a lot of trial-and-error, frustration and very time-consuming. That being said there are sites out there like Renterkit, which can help with our search.
Here’s a list of things you need to account for when finding an apartment to rent for the first time:
1. Consolidate your budget. Budget is the first thing you need to settle before you start looking for an apartment. How much can you afford? Don’t forget to add in the cost of utilities and other monthly expenses. Knowing your budget and how much you can afford goes a long way into your search for your own living space.
2. Where do you want to live? Think about where you want to live. But also keep in mind you need to consider the travel time to and from work or school, etc. The choice of neighborhood is yours, but make sure getting around is as convenient as before.
3. What do you look for in an apartment? What features are important to you when searching for an apartment? If you own a pet, you might want to look in on the landowner’s pet policies. Is the apartment close to public transportation? How do you find the security in the building/neighborhood? And how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need in your apartment?
4. Have you checked the papers lately? Apartment listings can be found in your local newspaper. But another option is to look it up online. Search for apartment rentals in and around the neighborhood where you want to live.
5. Are you compiling your research? Get a folder and keep all the clipped newspaper ads and printed out sheets of online apartment rentals in there. On your spare time, go through the files and make some calls and schedule an appointment with the landowners. Don’t forget to write down as much information as you could get from the landowner during the call.
6. Have you seen the apartment? Set aside a date to just drive around and inspect the potential apartments in your research folder. Be very thorough on this.
7. Did you like what you saw? If you feel like you’ve found your apartment, fill out an application form and submit it to the landowner along with the check for the amount both of you agreed on.
8. Space is everything. You need to figure out how much furniture you’re taking along so you can rule out smaller apartments where your stuff won’t be able to fit. At the same time you could cross out apartments that are too big for just yourself.
9. Have you moved in yet? Set down a “moving in” date, and get going. Pay any additional fees to the landowner to reassure him or her that you’re entering into the agreement in good faith.
Lastly but not least you can contact a real estate agent, you do not have to think about the expense in commission. It is the landlord’s responsibility to give the commission to his agent. This is the practice of selling a house, and this is also applied to renting out.
Real estate agents have contacts and logistics. Whereas when you have to do it alone, your search may be longer. How do you find the house? Yes, you can search the internet. But them, often the contact person in the ads is not the owner but – the real estate agent. So, you start all over again and find a non-agent advertiser. You will need to do a little research before contacting the agent.
Finding the apartment to rent, whether it’s in Plano, Texas or Boston, MA is no different than finding your home. So at the start of your search, check the kind of unit that you intend to rent. How many rooms should it have and how many cars can park in the garage? You must list down your required amenities. You will come to a decision as to which amenities to give up if ever your ideal type is not available.
If you have found your desired apartment, you have to act fast. Remember that you are not the only searcher. Be ready with your money for the deposit or at least for the reservation and be prepared to sign the agreement. Great places to rent are not always available so once you found it, grab the opportunity to have it.