3 Easy Ways to Find a Home for Rent
Moving can be a stressful time, especially if you are fast approaching the end of a lease and don’t yet know where you are moving to. Finding a great home in a nice neighborhood isn’t as easy as it used to be, and more and more people are having difficulty finding affordable places they love .
You might have been told already that buying a home is more affordable in the long run, but it simply isn’t a feasible solution for everyone. Perhaps you are still working on building credit or saving for a down payment or maybe you are not yet in an area where you can see yourself settling down permanently.
Whatever your reasons for renting may be, knowing where to look is the first step of securing a great lease option. Gone are the days when finding a home was as simple as opening a newspaper. Today, you have to be aware of your rights as a tenant and then get creative in your search. Here are some tips to help you on your hunt for a new home:
Check the Internet
Many landlords have turned toward online advertising in lieu of the old newspaper format. There are multiple reasons for this. First, it is a more affordable option than newspaper advertising, which often charges by the word whereas online ads tend to be free.
Secondly, an online ad can allow a landlord to post pictures or even link to a leasing agreement or self-book a walk-through. It’s simply a slicker, more affordable option that is beneficial to both landlord and prospective tenants who might want a sneak peak of a property before the hassle of an in-person tour. Is carpet a deal-breaker? Photos can save you tons of time.
Check your local Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or Hoobly for starters, but don’t stop there. Simple google searches for rental properties in your are can open up many, many more online house-hunting options.
Go for a Drive
Maybe you already know exactly what neighborhood you want to be in. A simple drive through most communities will yield several “For Rent” signs posted in front yards or windows. Have you had your eye on that gorgeous new apartment complex they built across town? Take a drive over and see if the leasing agent is in.
Particularly in neighborhoods that fill up fast, some landlords might opt to not advertise at all minus a sign in the front yard. Being the first to call the posted number can get your foot in the door of a property that you might not otherwise have been aware of.
Network with Friends
Are your friends renters, too? Ask them if they have a good relationship with their landlord, and then see if you can get contact information. Calling a property manager directly might get you an early tip on a rental home that is just opening up. If a property manager can lease a home without having to advertise, it saves them money so they are often more than happy to work with a new tenant who is interested in leasing ahead of an opening and might even be able to work with the current tenant to get you an early walk-through.
Furthermore, if there is cleaning or repairs to be done to the property, some landlords are happy to work out those details in lieu of a security deposit, which could save you money and start your relationship off on a great foot forward.
Don’t forget to drop your friend’s name, either. Some property managers offer bonuses to discounts to current tenants who help them find new renters. Also, if your friend is an amazing renter, it will look good for you that you keep such fantastic company.
Of course, these are only a few of the options ahead of you in your search for a new home and, depending on where you live, there might be better options. Ultimately, the best way to find a perfect new living space is to do your research on the area, check into the reputation of any landlords you will potentially work with, and be ready to negotiate terms if needed. Happy hunting and best of luck!