How to Land Your Dream Apartment in a Competitive City
Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog post by Wendy Dessler, an outreach manager and content creator.
Finding the right apartment in competitive cities such as San Francisco and NYC can be difficult. You could consider moving to a sleepy town, but this might not be feasible, especially if you have a job in the city.
Apartment hunting in competitive cities is overwhelming, even for the most seasoned apartment hunter. Here are some tips that will come in handy when looking for the right apartment:
Be Ready to Research
and Attend Open Houses
Look out for scams and avoid deals that seem too good to be true.
Words such as ‘charming’ and ‘cozy’ can be used to describe small apartments
with out-of-date features. ‘Converted’ is another word that you should watch
out for; it could mean that additional rooms have been added using temporary
You should know your rights as a renter to understand what
landlords are permitted to ask you. Before you attend any open houses, you
should arm yourself with the right information if you want to weed out
landlords with illegal demands.
No matter how badly you want an apartment, you should not be
afraid to ask questions. After all, you will have to live in the apartment once
you get it. Make sure you ask about past tenants and the neighborhood. You don’t want to be stuck living in an apartment you don’t
To discover new listings, create user accounts with several online
listings to find out when apartments are available. You also need to keep track
of the rental information you find. For example, use a spreadsheet to compile
the information for all the apartments you like.
To make a good first impression on the landlord, you should
prepare a good description of yourself. When a potential landlord asks why you
want to move out of your current apartment, you need to have the right answers.
Make Moving a
In a competitive rental market, you need to jump on listings quickly.
This is because many people are interested in the property and waiting means
you could lose out. If you only have weekends free to take apartment tours, it
will take longer to find the right apartment for your needs.
Apartments such as the Urban Avenue are in high demand, so clear your
schedule and make time for showings. The apartment search process is
overwhelming, and you should take time to care for yourself. Moreover, you need
to have a clear head to find the best apartment. Landlords in competitive
cities have many potential clients, so you need to respond quickly to the listings
you are interested in.
Do you have an apartment searching app? Set up notifications to
know about available apartments on time. Let the landlord know you are ready to
pay the deposit and sign the lease if you want him or her to give you top
Unlike other markets, you might not be able to negotiate rent
prices. Because you have plenty of competition,
you might also have to sign the lease without negotiating.
When you prepare for open houses and make moving a priority, you will be able to find the ideal apartment. You will have the confidence to dive into a competitive market and find a good home.
Once you have found your dream apartment, make sure to use as much care in choosing a moving company. See tips for moving long distance and find a handy moving checklist here.
Published at Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:00:54 +0000