The process of picking a new apartment and getting everything in order can be long and tedious. If you’re looking to rent an apartment, there are a number of things you will need to do before you can get the keys in your hand and unpack your boxes.
Set a Budget
Not only is it important that you have the budget for your rent, but you have to make sure you qualify for the apartment. Most apartment communities will require you to make between 2-3x the rent per month. If you are sharing your apartment with a roommate or a partner, you can count both incomes towards this amount.
Pick a Community
It’s important to like the community you are living in. Make sure it’s close to the things you want to be close to, such as shopping and businesses and has all the amenities you are looking for. You will also want to make sure the community fits your lifestyle. For example, if you have a pet or wish to get a pet in the future, you will want to make sure the apartment community you select is pet friendly.
Pick a Floor Plan
You will need to select a floor plan that fits your budget, your space needs and your style before signing a lease. Check with the leasing agents at the community to make sure they have what you need available for your desired move-in time.
Get Your Paperwork in Order
The application process differs from community to community, but you will need to provide some basic paperwork when applying for an apartment. Make sure you have all this paperwork in order and on hand so there are no hold-ups in your application process.
Some standard paperwork or information you will be asked for include, proof of income for all residents, past rental history and an application fee.
Fill Out An Application
Now it’s time to fill out the application. Speak with a leasing agent to find out how to go about submitting your application. Make sure you read it completely and all applications fill out the forms properly.
If there’s an issue with the application, don’t be afraid to ask what options. For example, if you don’t quite meet some of the requirements it doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. You might have the option to pay an extra deposit, get a guarantor or rely on your credit to help you secure the apartment.
Sign the Lease
Once you’ve filled out your application and been approved it’s time to make it official. Signing your lease might require you to provide more paperwork like car registration, renters insurance or pet vaccine information. Make sure to ask your leasing agent what you will need to complete the lease.
You will also want to make sure you read the lease thoroughly and save a copy for your files to refer to should you have any questions during your stay.
You’ve signed the lease and have the keys in hand. Now it’s time to move and enjoy your new place.