If you are on the hunt for a new apartment or rental home, there are a few things you can and should do before you ever leave the house or spend a single penny on searching for a new place.
First of all, you need to search for online sites to see if there are comments or reviews about a potential rental property. Many places are members of real estate groups that allow for ratings posted by current and former tenants. This is one way to eliminate places right in the beginning. A history of problems with the building or the property manager can eliminate a potential property very quickly.
Another thing you can do before you make an appointment to see property is to check local area message boards for people who have lived there or know people who have. It only takes a few minutes and you could learn a lot about a potential property.
Online review sites make it possible to not only eliminate certain properties from your list but you might even find a few to add. Sometimes it’s worth looking at a place where current and former tenants give it glowing reviews even if you are otherwise unsure of the property.
The advantages of looking for Apartment Reviews should be obvious. You can save a lot of time by knowing what to expect. You can also save problems later on down the road. Often knowing what to expect in advance can go a long way in making problems easier to handle.
If you are a parent or a pet owner, you can check to see how both the landlord or building manager and the other tenants view both children and pets. You can also check for amenities such as dog walks or playgrounds close to the area. Naturally, those who want to rent their property to you are going to show it in the best light possible. Other tenants and past tenants tend to be more open and honest about potential problems.
It’s important to remember that a bad review or two should weigh no more than an equal number of positive reviews. Sometimes the tenant was the problem. Either way, it should give you some insight into the property before you waste your time and money on a visit.
In many cases, it is also possible to take a virtual tour of the property and amenities. This can also help narrow down your visits to potential properties. If all the apartments are the same and you have seen the virtual tour then you already know if you are going to like it.