1. Get yourself in a gung-ho apartment search frame of mind. You will be making dozens of phone calls and leaving many messages. If your messages aren’t returned the next day, you should call again, of course doing so with the utmost tact. If you don’t have a local phone number, get one. Apartments Unlimited rents out very inexpensive voice mail boxes.
  2. Keep your checkbook with you. When you see an apartment which looks good to you, you are going to have to decide and act upon it quickly. Good places do not stay on the market long! People constantly lose good places due to indecision.
  3. Collect all of your rental information before you visit your first vacancy. You may want to fill out an Apartments Unlimited application form. These forms are comprehensive and accepted by most landlords.
  4. Have a credit report with you and give yourself an edge over the next guy. Landlords will be impressed by your organization and preparedness. As well, you’ll save money by not having to shell out for each and every landlord that requires one.
  5. Dress and groom as though you are going to a job interview. In many respects it is the same. Landlords of really good units usually have their pick of several applicants. They are looking for:
    • Someone both able and responsible enough to pay rent on time.
    • People who will treat them and their property with care and respect.
    • Quiet tenants who will not be disturbing to other tenant or neighbors.
  6. Always keep your appointments and always show up on time. No-shows are a major source of frustration for building managers and landlords.
  7. Don’t get discouraged! Finding a great place is not easy, but it is well worth the effort. Keep your chin up, get back on the phone and remember to always sound cheerful!