All of us have one time or another searched for an apartment. Whether it was through an agency, an apartment locator or the internet, there is always something you wished someone would have told you during your search process. Here are a few tips that will help you in the future!
Don't rely on only one source
Searching for an apartment is a lot like searching for the right car. Both are long term and require a big commitment. When you're searching for cars, there are many different resources out there that give different stats, tips and things to watch out for when searching for the right vehicle.
Rather than only using the Internet or relying on an apartment locator try a mixture of both. Both sources have their advantages and disadvantages. Apartment locator's will almost always have places for you, but those apartments most likely pay the apartment locator for each move in. This isn't saying all apartment locator's will show you subpar apartments; it's just how it works.
On the other hand, when using website such as Craigslist, be wary of spammers and scammers. Many of the photos uploaded onto Craigslist are severely outdated and cover many faults.
Don't be afraid to negotiate
Many assume that they are unable to negotiate when finding an apartment. If you are leasing an apartment when using an apartment locator, don't be afraid to ask them to pay for application fees or other administrative fees. At the end of the day, if you are signing the lease, they are making commission. They wouldn't risk losing your business just because of application fees.
Research the location
The most important tip of all is to research your location. This is a must. You should never blindly move into an apartment without researching the surrounding neighborhoods. During this research you can discover local grocery stores, utility stores and banks etc. There are multiple factors that will ultimately decide which apartment you should choose in the end.