Moving is a major feat in and of itself. However, with numerous personal and professional obligations, the process of actually finding an apartment to move into can be an entirely separate challenging process. Between finding properties that fit into your price point and that have the amenities that you're looking for, this can seem like a somewhat stressful and daunting task. There are ways to simplify this process and get you into the apartment you've been wanting as quickly as possible.
Don't Just Rely On Pictures
Apartment guidebooks and websites are great, but you shouldn't be making your short list solely off of your views. Once you have narrowed down the properties you want to consider, don't mark someone off the list simply because you didn't like their pictures. Sometimes an actual visit to the property can completely change your mind and help you discover a potential you weren't able to grasp from the stock photos.
Choose Your Move Date Wisely
It's something about the summer that gives a lot of people the idea to move. If you want to have a better selection of available units, try not to move during the summer months. With such high demand during this period that corner unit or first floor unit you want might be harder to get. Try to move during a slower part of the year like winter to have a greater selection.
Make Two Visits
Make your first visit to the property during office business hours. If you are thinking of moving forward with the property, make your second visit after working hours when most of the residents are likely home, such as 7pm. A visit during this time lets you see if there is adequate parking, if there are residents hanging out around the exterior of the buildings and a number of factors you can't see when most of the residents are away at work.
Don't Overlook A Realtor
While realtors primarily deal with property purchases, some of them can also help you with your apartment search. A realtor can take your wish list and create a pool of properties for you to search from. Best of all, since realtors are well versed in the area of market value they can also help ensure you are getting a fair price for the unit.
Finding an apartment doesn't have to be hard, if you know what to do. Remember to take your time and choose wisely so that you will have a comfortable and safe place to call home.