- Scout online for options
Explore websites and other rental apartment listings to identify what facilities are available in your locality of interest and what your apartment will cost you. You can also review features available in the neighborhood to check if it has what you’re looking for.
- Prioritize your requirements
You may get a great deal on a furnished apartment, but the neighborhood may not be what you’re looking for, or it lacks a couple of other things that were on your list of preferred features. Don’t rent an apartment because it seems like a good deal according to someone else’s needs but based on your needs. Prioritizing the features you need enables you to make the right choice. Identifying if you need a short term rental apartment or long term apartment rental will also affect the final price.
- Find an Apartments Locator in your Area
Search online or in a phone book for numbers for rental apartments in your area.
Call at least three real estate agents and enquire which rental communities and neighborhoods have most of the features that you have prioritized, within your budget.
Ask about deals and discounts. You may be able to find an apartment that would normally go for $1,500 a month, for $1,200 per month.
Since the locator will get a commission if you choose a property he or she recommends, make sure the locator calls ahead to check if the apartments you like have the best units available.
- Visit the Apartment
Before making a final decision, make sure you visit the property and thoroughly examine all the features that were promised to you. Drive around the neighborhood a bit and get a feel of the locality.
Make sure you have your credit scores and rental history ready when needed. Fully understand the lease agreement with the help of a legal professional or online help. Consider Renters’ Insurance if you already do not have it. It will save you a lot of hassles in case of an emergency. Also make sure you document any existing damage to the property and have it attested by the landlord.
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