While the prospect of a new place to live is exciting, the process to find apartments for rent can be cumbersome. Quite time consuming and often frustrating, from research to site visits, there is a lot that goes into apartment hunting.
It’s more than simply looking online and driving around, to ensure an enjoyable renting experience there are some things a future renter should consider that they probably haven’t before. Below we outline our top tips, acquired from years of experience, to most effortlessly find an apartment for rent.
Create an Accurate Budget
Before you can even start thinking about where you want to live, or what you want to live in, you need to determine what you can afford. After all there is no sense in looking at apartments for rent, and getting excited about them, if they are way out of your price range.
To determine your ideal rental rate you need to sit down and create an accurate monthly budget. This budget will list every one of your expenses (i.e. monthly obligations) and give you a range of how much, or how little, rent you can afford.
Items to include on this list should include:
- Utilities (Gas, Electric, Water/Sewer, Trash)
- Cell Phone
- Renters Insurance
- Car Payment
- Car Insurance
- Credit Card Bills
- Gym/Wellness Memberships
- Any financial responsibility that requires monthly payment
Think About the “When”
Most people searching apartments for rent don’t realize that the time of year has a direct impact on rental rate. It may not make sense to someone outside of the apartment industry, but there are certain times of the year when you can get a better deal.
It’s all about the law of supply and demand. During summer months and around the New Year more people are looking to move in a new apartment (demand), so prices are higher for those available units (supply).
If you can be choosey about when you move, you should search during winter months (February thru March) and those closer to the holidays (October thru December) as you will be more likely to get a deal.
Be Open to New Areas, Use a Mapping Feature
When searching for an apartment the more open you are, the more options you will get. While there are a few parameters you should absolutely define (monthly rental rate, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, if they accept pets), you should try as much as possible to be flexible. This is especially true when it comes to location.
You may have had your eye on a particular part of town, but if you expand your search criteria you could just find the deal of the century. It doesn’t take any extra search effort either.
Many apartment-search websites will allow you to search apartments for rent on a map providing you a birds-eye of other options in the area or nearby neighborhoods. Seeing all of your options plotted on map is super helpful as it shows where you are relative to the places that matter most (school, work, grocery store, etc.) helping you ultimately make the best decision.
Consider New and Old Properties
Just because you have a low rental budget, it does not automatically mean you have to live in an old, broken down building. Most people see or hear about brand new apartments for rent and think that new equals expensive. With apartment properties that is rarely the case, that is why you should always search for new and old properties.
Apartment communities that are new to market are starting at 0% vacancy and are hungry to get their units filled. This means they will be offering lots of incentives like first months free rent or dedicated parking spaces. Oftentimes these savings add up to a lot and make it an affordable option even for those with low budgets.
Seeking Apartments For Rent in Hattiesburg, MS?
If you are currently searching for apartment rentals in Hattiesburg, MS and surrounding areas and you want some help, please contact our team. With over 50 years in the market we have a few tricks up our sleeve and would love to get you into your dream apartment. Call us today at 601-264-4626!