How to Speed Up the Apartment Application, Approval & Moving Process

Hand signing apartment lease agreement with penSearching for an apartment in today’s market can feel like a full time job. With the national pool of available rental housing at a 20 year low, there’s a lot of renters out there pining over the same properties. As soon as you find a place you like, POOF someone else comes along and snatches it up. When you’ve found your dream apartment, you don’t want to wait! Stay ahead of the competition with these helpful tips that will speed up the application and approval process (fingers-crossed!). Then make your move easy-breezy by picking an already furnished apartment!

Be the first to apply. When it comes to finding an apartment the last shall be, well, last. That’s why it’s vitally important to start the application process as soon as possible after the listing hits the market. Getting your application in early gives you an edge over any competition that might be dragging their feet. can alert you when new apartments matching your needs hit the market. Just sign up for our handy email alerts and be the first to know when hot, new listings become available.

Be prepared to pay. When you meet the landlord or the property manager for the first time, come prepared to make a deal. Bring a cashier’s check for at least as much as the first month and a half of rent. This shows that 1) you’re serious and 2) you have enough dough in the bank to make a move on the apartment right away. You’ll also want to bring 3-6 months worth of pay stubs, to verify that you have a steady source of income and demonstrate your ability to pay the rent. It’s also a good idea to bring along a glowing letter of reference from a previous landlord, if you have it.

Remember: Most financial advisors recommend spending no more than 30% of your monthly income on housing.

Move in fast. Now that you’ve wowed the landlord with how amazingly prepared and proactive you are (way to go!), you are ready to move in. Make the move easier on yourself by using to find a furnished apartment. All you’ll have to do is walk in, and make yourself at home.

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