Landing your dream apartment is never easy. In competitive apartment markets like Dallas’, it can be especially challenging. Hone in on desirable neighborhoods like Deep Ellum, Oak Lawn, and Uptown, and the challenge grows even greater. But with the right tools and a bit of perseverance, you can secure your first-choice apartment or an appealing alternative. If you have your eyes on an apartment you hope to secure or are looking to find and move into your dream apartment, follow these words of wisdom.
In most competitive rental markets, starting the apartment hunting process a few months before you have to move increases the likelihood you’ll land your dream apartment. Dallas is no exception. Ideally, you should be touring apartments 45 to 60 days ahead of your anticipated moving date. Let early action and punctuality drive you throughout the entire apartment search process. Arrive a few minutes early for arranged apartment tours. If you attend open houses, make sure you’re on time or early. It’s usually advantageous to be one of the first prospective residents to introduce yourself to a landlord or apartment manager.
Do your research
As soon as you know you’ll be moving, start researching rental costs in neighborhoods you’re interested in. If you’re new to Dallas or Dallas apartment living, find out what norms govern the moving process before you start. Every market is different, and it’s important to be familiar with the one in which you’re looking. City culture blogs and websites like Quora can help you with this.
When viewing an apartment you have a strong interest in, it’s advantageous to have everything you need to secure the apartment on the spot. Requirements vary, but you should at least have a copy of a recent credit report, proof of income and occupation, information about any pets you have, rental insurance policy information, a photocopy of an ID card, and a completed rental application. Down payments today can often be paid online, but it won’t hurt to bring your checkbook as well.
After viewing an apartment that makes a strong impression on you, follow up with whomever showed you the apartment. Express your interest in the apartment in brief and concise terms. If you’re ready to put a deposit down, indicate so in your message.
Have a backup plan
Don’t put all time and energy you invest in the apartment search process toward securing one specific apartment. In the event you do not get the apartment you want, it’s helpful to have a backup plan that is more accessible and to which you’d still be happy to move. Aside from price, factors to consider when choose an apartment include location, ease of transit, safety, and space.
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