We know and understand that finding the perfect place to live, put down roots, and call “home” can sometimes be a challenge! With balancing your day to day routine, daily demands, and everything else you have going on, finding an apartment can be a little overwhelming. But, that is why we are here to help offer our apartment hunting tips to help make it easier for you!
- Call ahead and schedule an appointment to view the apartment. This way, you don’t waste any time showing up if the team is touring somebody else, with a resident, or out walking the property.
- Drive by the apartment community at night. This is a good opportunity to see how the community feels at all hours of the day.
- View their website and social media accounts. This is a great way to see photos of the community, floor plans, resident feedback, community events, and get a general feel for the apartment community.
- Know your budget. Be sure to know what your price range is for rent. Don’t forget to add in any utilities, renter’s insurance and extra costs that may arise.
- Ask questions. Find out what the lease term options are and who covers what utilities.
- Is it pet friendly? If you have a cat or dog, make sure to find out if pets are accepted, what the pet deposit is, and what the weight limit for dogs is (if any).
- If there are not any vacancies, ask if there is a waiting list. Often times, people drop off of the waiting list, so the apartment can become available sooner than you realize.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to start your search. With the rental market in high demand right now, start your search as soon as you know you need to move.
- Be open. By broadening your horizons on where you would like to live, you give yourself more opportunity to find a place by opening up your search. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy living in a neighborhood or city that wasn’t in your original search parameters.
- Ask for recommendations. Your family and friends can be a great resource! Do you know someone who lives in an apartment community you like? Visit the office and mention that you know someone who already lives there.
And most of all, be patient. An apartment search can sometimes take more time than expected, but it’s worth it in the end when you find a community that you can call “home.”