This may sound difficult, but finding the right rental property for you isn’t exactly as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. Though your odds for everything to be perfect are relatively low, we can show you to find a property that is ideal and works well with your lifestyle.
Directories for finding rental properties:
- US Housing and Urban Development Department: Before embarking on your search, the first point you want to start at, especially if you have a low income job, is to see if the HUD website offers any subsidies for you. You will find the website is very useful and has a lot of information on affordable rentals for those who are financially struggling.
- Craigslist: Craigslist has a lot of information that you will find useful in your search and sometimes you find offers that will be very appealing. It’s important to make sure that you investigate every lead you get thoroughly to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a scam.
- Zillow: Zillow is a great directory for the real estate world, whether it is for buying, selling, renting, or otherwise. It is secure, user-friendly, and very easy to navigate through.
- Apartment List: It’s an extremely user-friendly website which you can check out. The visuals are useful and it’s easy to navigate. This would definitely be a good place to start finding apartments/properties for rent.
- Social media: Plenty of groups on Facebook and other social media platforms offer listings where you can filter through until you find something ideal. The major disadvantage lies in the fact that scammers tend to use social media which is why you need to investigate each and every lead thoroughly before making a commitment to proceed further.
Things To Look For:
- Location: Always consider a property that is close to where you work and is in a low crime area. It’s also important to take note of the property’s distance from the nearest hospital, police station, and fire department to ensure that emergency services will be able to reach your location as fast as possible.
- Commute: Transportation is also something you need to be paying attention to. If you don’t have a car, how far is your apartment going to be from the nearest bus stop. It’s important to make sure your apartment is close to where you can easily access mass transportation so that you can get to work on time every day.
- Area/Spacing: Consider what your needs require in terms of space. If you are a single guy with no children (or maybe you have a small pet), then invest your efforts in finding a smaller apartment. If you are a married couple with two or three kids, then you will of course require a lot more space. Remember that space is meant to be used, not meant to be uninhabited.