We've been looking at apartments for about three weeks now. Not for ourself but as a support system for our friend. He hasn't found his "spacious with a separate nook for kitty litter box" apartment yet. When he does, however, it will be essential that he nabs the coveted space. We want to ensure that he'll nail the application and score this elusive apartment--and with the help of these three great tips... he'll be a shoe-in. More after the jump.
- Bring a printed out credit report with you to the apartment showing. In most instances, the landlord will probably run one of their own but at least you are showing that you are dedicated and serious about getting this apartment. We can tell you from the last three weeks of home-hunting, not one person has shown up with a credit report in-hand.
- Arrive with an application already filled out. Because we've been in the trenches this month, we've seen a handful of applications and they're pretty much all the same (social security number, previous places of residence, etc.). The rental agency will probably make you fill out one of their own but again, showing up with a completed application will make you stand out from the rest. We've found that a lot of rental agencies even have their application available for download online.
- Create a Rental Resume. Your rental resume should definitely include why you're looking for an apartment and a list of references (especially previous landlord's information and if you can get a testimonial--even better). Your new landlords want to rent to someone who is going to be a great tenant. The more information you can provide them, the easier their decision will be.