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6 Tips For Renting An Apartment
What you pay for your apartment and how fancy it is depends on your negotiation and deal-finding skills. However, before you negotiate anything, you’ve got to decide what you’re looking for in your rented space. Read on for six steps to help you find an apartment for the lowest possible rental rate. (Are you confused about whether you should rent or buy? Read To Rent or Buy? The Financial Issues .)
No. 1: Seek Web Help in Picking Features
No. 2: Avoid Choosing a Home Based on Perceived Value
- Call at least two and ask about which rental communities and neighborhoods have the most features that you want within your price range.
- Ask about specials. You may be able to find an apartment that would normally go for $1,000 a month for $800 per month.
- Because the locator will get a commission if you choose a property he or she recommends, make sure the locator calls ahead to see if the two to three properties you like have the best units available.
No. 4: Always Call a Community Before Visiting
Before you visit a property, call before visiting to get a quote on prices. Once you are on the property, the leasing agent may hope to wow you with features, but on the phone it’s all about the numbers. Compare the figures you received from your locator with the number you gathered from online and local apartment locator services.
No. 5: Tour Properties in Person
While virtual tours can be found on most apartment complexes’ websites, there’s no substitute for visiting a community in person. Websites will provide an idea of what the community and interior look like, and should be used as an initial screen. Walking around your potential new neighborhood and apartment will give you a better feel for the location, Also, don’t limit the search to one property; visit at least two, so that you have a comparison.
No. 6: Reevaluate Your Feature List