It’s that time again! Your lease is ending soon and you’re ready for a fresh new pad! But you literally have no clue what to do or where to even start– and that’s okay! We’ve made a quick list of essential steps to take to ensure you’re finding your next apartment the right way!
Know What’s Goin’ On!
Knowing when your lease is up is a must! Don’t let it creep up on you and send you into a “three weeks to find a place” frenzy! The best time to start looking is within the 60 day window before you’ve got to move out of your current spot. This is because pricing and availability change almost daily, and we want to ensure you receive the most accurate leasing information available before committing to anything. Also remember that most apartment management companies require a 30 to 60 day notice to vacate; DO. NOT. FORGET.
Finally, it’s crucial to know whether you’re planning on having a roommate or if you’re flyin’ solo because this drastically effects your search. If you do have a roomie, make sure you’re both on the same page as far as move date and budget are concerned–and probably preferred apartment temperature, but we’ll save fighting over the thermostat for another blog.
Hit Us Up!
It’s time to link up with your Smart City agent. Tell us your wants, needs, the areas you’re interested, and anything else you prefer in a living situation! The more you tell us, the smarter we get (read: the better we’ll be at pairing you with the apartment of your dreams.) Got a dog? Our agents know all of the pet friendly apartments in the area. Need to be close to work, the gym, the bars? Lucky for you, we live, play and work here and consider ourselves Austin experts. The key here is communication!
Now that you have a list of potential spots from your locator, it’s time to pay a visit to your favorites–unless you’re down to lease sight unseen, in which case, we salute you! It’s good practice, and might we even say, more efficient to schedule one day to run around town checking out all of your favorite properties. Our experts say Saturday is the most popular day to tour, so do with that information what you will.
Locking in the apartment of your dreams, especially one on special, can get a bit competitive. Get the leg up on other apartment hunters by coming to the tour ready to buy in case you fall in love and want to apply on the spot! Application fees, admin fees and even security deposits can be required when applying depending on the property’s leasing policies. So make like a boy scout, and be prepared!
Don’t Wait! (too long)
It’s hard to choose sometimes, and you want to make the best decision before signing a lease— we toootally get it. BUT, if there is a killer deal out there, don’t wait too long! Someone else is right behind you ready to look and lease your favorite unit!
Apartment hunting might sound stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. It can actually be a super fun and exciting experience, especially if you feel confident and prepared. YOU GOT THIS, and we’ve got your back! When you’re ready to start your search, call/text us at 512-815-2317 or fill out an apartment web form so that we can get you expert help finding an apartment you’ll love!