Apartment Locators and Apartment Finders Save You Time and Money!
‘How’ you say? How many times have you been looking for an apartment and thought “Wholly cow!” There are literally thousands of apartment listings on the internet, in rental publications, on services like Craigslist and in the newspaper. No wonder it’s hard to figure out where to begin! To complicate things, what if you are moving to a new city and you don’t even know the area?
Most apartment searches are conducted blind. ‘Blind’ meaning, you are not 100% sure of your options , what you qualify for, sometimes even what you really want – I mean is it really better to live close to where you work or where you play? There’s a whole lot to consider when you are committing to a lease!
Apartment locators are experienced in the hunt for a new apartment, and know what steps get you to the perfect rental as fast as possible without skipping any of the important questions, verifications and paperwork that ensure that you end up in the home you want. Not many people truly understand the value an apartment locator can add, especially considering the service is free to you, the client. Here’s how apartment finding works:
Make contact with the apartment locating company. There are many factors that can help you determine which service to use. Online directories like Yelp and CitySearch have rankings and customer reviews, referrals from your friends, family and coworkers, the quality of their website and office, even the longevity of the Apartment Locating service can help you decide who is the right apartment locator for you. Some questions you might ask a potential apartment finder:
-How long have you worked in this city?
-What area of the city do you specialize in?
-Do you prefer to send listings or escort me to the properties?
-Can you drive us around (if you are coming in from out of town)?
-Have you worked with my circumstances before?
Meet with your apartment locator. Your locator can ascertain your basic needs from a conversation on the phone or information submitted on a form, but every situation is different, and the job of your apartment locator, the part that saves you time, gas money and headaches, is to filter out as many non-qualifying apartments as possible BEFORE you leave the office. This means they will have a lot of questions and often times will be tweaking their apartment search on the fly. If you are in the office with them, they can do this much faster and easier.
Qualifying you for the apartments and the apartments for you. Here is where the bulk of the work comes in. It still amazes me that more people don’t use locators because they do all of this for you, for FREE. Once you and your apartment finder have pared down your apartment selections to those that meet your basic needs like location, beds / baths, rent, pets, etc…NOW the apartment locator will:
-Contact apartment management to verify exact unit availability of not JUST the floor plan, but also the location with the community, the floor number, the view, move-in date, whether or not a garage, storage unit or assigned parking comes with the unit and much, much more.
-Verify the qualification criteria for the apartment community: credit, rental history, public record, income, etc. to make sure that you are not wasting your time or application fees.
-Confirm the apartment community or rental rules regarding any special circumstances like pets, guests, parking, bike storage, etc. that might be relevant to your situation.
-Find out if there are any relevant specials that would reduce your rent, deposit or administration fees, or what, if any utilities are included in the rent, as well as whether there are additional fees you might not be considering, like a parking fee or pet fee.
If any of these do not suit your current situation, your apartment locator can help you decide whether to remove them from your list or make an exception. Taking the time to visit apartments that don’t fit your needs, don’t have units available when you need them or you don’t qualify for, can cost you loads of time and money! A good apartment locator can save you from many of the most common rental mistakes and oversights.
Escort you to the RIGHT apartments and rental properties. Once you and your apartment locator have come up with your final list, it’s time to tour the apartment properties! Your apartment locator will often escort you to your apartment selections so they can ensure that all your questions get answered and that you have a chance to ask them! They can also help you with the necessary paperwork if you decide to apply. This is really helpful if you are coming in from out of town. Regardless it’s still great not to have to spend your own gas money going from place to place!
“Wow!” you say? Not really; this is what they do for a living and they are really good at it! This FREE service is a real gem in so many situations. Whether you are just very busy, you are moving to a new city or you just don’t know where to start, try an apartment locator. Many people consider their service the biggest value in renting!