If you are unprepared, finding a suitable rental home or apartment may feel like an endless search that leads to very few options. Using a budget, a list of personal rental application details, and a mapping technique can help you land a new rental unit in a reasonable amount of time.
Your rental budget should provide you with a clear outline of the most money you will be willing to pay for a rental unit. Some rental property owners will require a tenant to make a baseline amount of money each month, in order to be eligible to secure a property.
First, identify an ideal rental amount and the amount that you are willing to pay for a deposit, your last month's rent, a pet fee, and utilities. Use the list to compare against the prices that a rental property owner is charging. If any of the amounts exceed what you can realistically pay out, forego looking into the property any further and move on to the next possibility on your rental list.
Rental units can become full quickly, especially if people who are looking at the rentals are able to fill out their rental paperwork on the day that they go to look at a rental. Preparing a list of information that you will be adding to each rental application can be helpful.
Compile details about your finances and gather information about the references who you will be listing on your rental applications. Let your references know your intentions. These people may receive several calls from property owners and should be equipped to respond to each of them. Bring your list with you and use it as a reference when you are filling out rental paperwork.
A Mapping Technique
Don't waste time by driving across town to view one rental and then heading back to the other side of town to see another one. Rising fuel costs and time constraints may make it impractical to ride around all day. Use a mapping technique to determine which part of town you will view rentals in.
This technique will also aid with covering each area in its entirety. Acquire listings and write down their addresses. Visit the rentals that are in one particular region. Take notes that reflect upon whether or not you filled out an application and jot down any feedback you have received from a potential landlord.
Reach out to a real estate agent to find properties for rent in your target area.