There are a dozen reasons why you might need to find an apartment quickly. Maybe you landed a new job in a different city. Or maybe you need to be close to a family member in need.
No matter the reason, you need to hit the pavement and find an apartment fast. Is it possible?
It absolutely is.
Here are some tips on how to find an apartment quickly (say, in a week?) so you can be ready for the next chapter of your life.
Have Paperwork Ready
One of the things that can slow the moving process down is digging up the necessary documents and paperwork that a landlord or property manager will need. That means you should act now and have any documents they might ask for ready. You should have at least three copies of:
- Your driver’s license or other photo ID
- Last three years of tax returns
- Last two years of W-2s
- Last three months of bank statements
- Letter from your employer clarifying your current salary, your title, and how long you’ve been with the company
- Three references
Have your checkbook ready to go, too. Money talks. If you’ve got everything you need with you at that moment, your chances of securing a place right away will increase.
Ask Your New Employer
If you’re relocating to a different city for a new job, your new employer may have a handle on property managers and apartments available.
Reach out and ask them what they recommend. If the company is used to bringing in new employees from out of town, they know who to contact. Those contacts, or property managers, can most likely help you find a place to land fairly quickly.
Drive Around Town
If you’re already in town, hit the pavement and start looking for “For Rent” signs. If you’ve been relocated, start in the area around your new job.
If you’re not sure where to begin looking, start in the center of the largest city and go from there. Gauge the condition of each neighborhood as your take your tour. Write down phone numbers and start making calls right away.
This is also a great way to learn the streets and stores in the area.
Hit the Net
There are websites out there that can help you find an apartment in a good neighborhood. We wrote a blog post that shares information on different sites you can utilize when you’re looking for a new home in a new city. Here are a few:
- Neighborhood Scout This site offers insights on real estate data, demographics, and crime data. If you don’t know the city you’re about to move into, it might not be a bad idea to check this site out first.
- Walk ScoreThis site shares information about particular neighborhoods, offering scores like: “car-dependent,” “somewhat walkable,” or “a walker’s paradise.” It also has a function to help you find an apartment in areas where the walk score resonates with you.
In The End…
Don’t sweat the process. If you hit the streets, pick up the phone, and make it your mission to find an apartment quickly, you will. It’s all about drive and perseverance.
If you are being relocated or have a new job with a new company, make sure to ask them about any incentives they may offer to help with the move.
If you’re moving because of life-changing circumstances, make this shift an exciting chapter in your life. Look at it like an adventure. New cities bring new opportunities.
Enjoy the journey.