7 Things to do Before the Apartment Search Begins
Camden Brookwood ready to lease! Photo by Camden
The time has come for you to rent an apartment and there are some basic things you need to know! With so many choices out there, apartment hunting can be overwhelming. Having a game plan is crucial. Camden employees have seen it all and with their expertise in mind, we have curated the top things you should do before your first apartment tour. These tips will help you keep your sanity, your happiness and those hours you might have been wasting otherwise.
CHECK YOUR CREDIT
It is a great idea to check your credit. Checking your own credit does not in any way affect your score. This can give you an idea of whether you may need a deposit at your new home. Or if there are any outstanding rental collection issues holding you back. Most apartment communities will run your credit report, so this is a great way to not go into the application process blind. A bonus for renting with Camden? No deposit required when you meet the credit guidelines.
Budget. Budget. Budget. This will help you knock out a significant amount of communities right off the bat. Figuring out how much you can afford is one of the first things you should do. Consider all your monthly expenses such as utilities, renter’s insurance, etc. Don’t forget that rental increases that tend to happen at renewal time. Leave yourself some room for rent growth.
RESEARCH YOUR COMMUTES & NEIGHBORHOODS
How far away from your frequent spots do you want to be? Do you want to be in traffic every day? I doubt it! One of the easiest things that you can do is to mark your work on a map and create a comfortable radius. That is where you should look. If you are in a city that has neighborhoods, think about where you want to be and where you see yourself. Get out and do some explorations.
DECIDE ON YOUR MUST HAVES
Do you need to have a pool? A 24-hour gym? A dog park? A Starbucks within walking distance? A concierge? What things are so important to you that all other places should be crossed off for lack of having them.
DECIDE ON HOW LONG
Do you need a short-term lease or would you prefer a longer lease? Keep in mind shorter leases are usually more expensive so make sure to take that into account when budgeting. Talk to your helpful Camden leasing professional about what option could work best for you.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
One of the great ways to learn about a community is by reading what others have to say. Look not only at what was written but how the community responded to those concerns. Did they reply? Did they solve the problem? I want a community team full of problem solvers.
GET A LIST OF QUESTIONS READY
Preparation is key. Prepare for your tours at the communities by putting together a list of questions that are important to you so that you don't forget anything in the heat of the moment. Your leasing consultant will ask as many questions as possible to make sure you’re feeling at home but there are some things they could never guess. Make sure to be your own biggest advocate and speak up for what you want in a home.
TIP TIME: Don't get too many apartment communities on your list. They can start jumbling together and it can exhaust you. Five is a good max to have especially in one neighborhood. Also, look no more than around 60 days in advance for the best chances at availability and pricing.
Happy hunting! We’ll see you in the leasing office!
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