Good advice from property management insiders
You go to the dentist when there’s something wrong with your teeth and to the mechanic when your car starts making strange clunking sounds. But who do you reach out to when you’re having trouble finding an apartment or need some advice about how to negotiate the leasing process?
How about getting some free advice from those in the know about apartments – multifamily leasing professionals, that is. Otherwise known as property managers, leasing agents and maintenance staff, these are the people whose job it is to make your home a nice place to live. Their goal is to keep you, their client, happy and ideally, not wanting to move anywhere else.
So what do property management professionals know about the world of apartment renting that you don’t? Lots. Here is some insight that may surprise you.
-If you are only going to look for an apartment on Craigslist, you will miss out on some desirable options. Many properties prefer to use rental specific Internet Leasing Services to showcase their apartment communities in a positive and pleasing light, rather than old school, text heavy HTML.
-Your preparedness for the application process will have a significant influence on whether or not you get the place you want. If you are up to date with all your financials, ready to give references, and have the cash on hand for your down payment and first month’s rent, you are already edging ahead of your competitor renters. The well-prepared tortoise can beat a speedy but over eager hare every time.
-Once you move in, don’t be a stranger. Your property staff is there to work for you, and they are part of the amenity package that comes with being an apartment renter rather than a buyer. Don’t be afraid to ask them to fix things or ask for help with anything you need it. All you have to do in exchange is keep paying your rent on time.
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