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Three Ways To Narrow Down Your Apartment Search
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Most apartment hunters search for apartments inefficiently, leaving them susceptible to wasted time, wasted money, and still not finding what they're looking for in an apartment home. There are a handful of ways to more efficiently conduct an apartment search, and learning about them will ultimately help you find a better selection of apartments that suit your specific needs.

First, make a list of all the things you want in an apartment home. On that list, make sure you include a list of items that are essential to your decision making process, and also make a not of items that you are willing to do without. For instance, if you will not rent an apartment without a washer/dryer included, you'll be able to sift through apartments that don't include one more swiftly. Also, if you would prefer that the community has a playground for your children, but that's not a deal breaker if they don't have one, then you can indicate that on your list. This should be done no sooner than 30 days before you need to move, and should not be done until you've already given your notice at your current apartment community. If you can't move within 30 days, you'll likely miss out on lots of good move-in incentives at other properties.

Second, conduct an apartment search online. Don't waste your time looking through rental magazines... The gas involved in getting to the store, and the limited number of apartments listed in the magazine is not worth your time, or money. When you're doing your apartment search online, make sure you keep a list of about 4-5 apartment communities that most closely match your needs. Doing this will ultimately narrow your search down quite a bit, considering the number of apartment communities there are.

Lastly, call each of the 4-5 communities and make an appointment to tour their community all on the same day. Most apartment communities offer move-in incentives if you leave a deposit the same day you initially take your first tour, which means that if you've seen all the communities you set up tours for, you can effectively rent an apartment at one of those communities the same day and take advantage of those move-in incentives.

If you are diligent during your apartment search, and you conduct your search according to the guidelines indicated above, you shouldn't have any trouble finding apartments for rent faster, and more efficiently, than before.


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