What Steps to Take When Trying to Get an Apartment

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.

Ready to take the first step in making South Pointe Apartments and Homes your new home? We’d love to take you on an in-person or virtual tour. Contact us today here or give us a call at 251-971-3800.

What Our Residents Have To Say

My boyfriend and I applied for a South Pointe home in the Summer of 2020. Turns out, someone applied for the same house about 30 minutes ahead of us! Sarah and the office staff were very helpful, and processed our application and put it down on the next available house. Me and my boyfriend LOVE the house we live in. We have lived here since August, and have not had a single issue. The houses and neighborhood are both really quiet and kept so clean! I love not having to cut my own grass! They are also pet friendly (which is hard to find). They even plan fun and safe events for neighbors to come together (while practicing social distancing), and enjoy the neighborhood. I can’t wait for it to warm back up so we can enjoy the pool and other great things offered while living here. We plan to stay here for quite some time!

Brelyn James
South Pointe Resident, Google Review

I promised my roommate if we made it through hurricane Sally and got everything back to normal, I’d 5-star this place. The constant updates when there was news, the free meals, and quick clean up . Really this would have been a nightmare without this team. I will never forget their kindness.

Tiger Waffle
South Pointe Resident, Google Review

Moved to Foley about 7 months ago and decided to lease a house at South Point Apartments & Homes. My husband and I couldn’t be happier with our choice. The office staff and maintenance crew are excellent! The location is WONDERFUL! Far enough from the beach to escape that traffic yet just a 15 – 20 minute drive when the ocean ” calls “.After owning for most of our life it’s wonderful to not have any upkeep or yard maintenance as it’s all provided. The saltwater pool, nice clubhouse, dog park and wooded areas all provide nice amenities that are well cared for.

Kate Upchurch
South Pointe Resident, Google Review

I have lived here at South Pointe apartments for almost 3 years. It is the best community and apartment complex I have ever lived in. Not only is it quiet, you are surrounded by trees and other beautiful landscapes. Maintenance is friendly, quick and I trust them to be in my place when I am not. The office is courteous and very helpful (they also love to spoil your pups with treats anytime they see them!) I’m very excited to renew my lease for the fourth time since moving to the area. You won’t find the charm and seclusion in any other complex in Foley.

Janelle Schocke
South Pointe Resident, Google Review

I am beyond impressed with my experience living in the South Pointe Apartment Home community! The ladies in the office go above and beyond in making sure tenants are comfortable and satisfied with their homes. The genuine care and understanding of the staff is something I have never experienced while living in previous apartments. Not to mention the exceptionally well-kept property; from the luscious green grass and the beautiful trees that create the perfect amount of sunshine and shade. The community amenities are spectacular as well; the olympic size saltwater pool, the grassy green fenced in dog park, multiple sidewalks, the well-kept fitness center and even a community garden. To top it off, all the neighbors I have met have been extremely friendly and kind, which is just icing on the cake. South Pointe Apartments stand apart from other apartments in the area; from the beautiful landscape and calm serenity, to the superb amenities and the friendly, caring staff always willing to help. I recommend South Pointe Apartments to anyone looking for a place that they can truly call home.

South Pointe Resident, Google Review