An apartment locator can save you loads of time. Specific criteria for your future home might take you days to find on Google search but is available to an apartment locator in a matter of minutes. Plus, you are working with someone that already has an extensive knowledge of the city and the apartment market. So, think of an apartment locator as your guide, someone ready to answer your questions and assist you on the hunt for the perfect home. Of course, the catch is to ask the right questions. The ones we list below will ensure that you are getting the most out of your apartment locator partnership.
1. Ask About The Best Time To Look
Believe it or not, getting the best options and pricing in your search for an apartment can come down to timing. Apartments have seasons, as many other markets do. So, you can increase your chances of finding what you’re looking for, or for the price you want, simply by looking during the right time of year. This might mean waiting to rent until the low season, when there is more vacancy and availability and so prices are lower, or getting a short term lease until that point; but it can be worth it in the long term. If you can’t wait, then you still shouldn’t just leave it at that. Be proactive by asking your apartment locator about the best days of the week to look and even the best times of day.
2.Ask About New Construction
Austin is currently experiencing a building boom according to Zillow. New apartment units are going up and getting filled fast. As a way to get renters in the door, owners and managers make room for negotiation on prices or they offer move-in specials and deals if you sign your lease quickly. An apartment locator will know about all of this, and will oftentimes talk to the apartment complex about pricing for you or they can suggest places that are offering deals for newly built complexes or apartments.
3. Ask About Specials and Incentives
Even if the apartment complex you are looking at isn’t brand new, oftentimes there can still be move-in specials or incentives for signing the lease within a certain amount of time. Remember how we said your apartment locator is your guide? Well you can also think of him or her as your negotiator. Don’t be afraid to negotiate for the price that is right for you--within reason of course.
4. Ask About Future Rent Increases
Always bear in mind that move-in specials and incentives are just that, perks given to first time move-ins. So, make sure you have a clear understanding of what the rent will be set at once your lease is up, if you were to resign. Apartments can set their rates to whatever the market looks like at the time, which means you can usually expect to see a price increase, however small. But knowing in advance what to expect, in regards to how much they might raise it per year will help you to budget and plan ahead.
We hope you found this advice helpful when it comes to working with an apartment locator and getting the most out of their help! If you or someone you know is looking for an apartment to call home we would love to help with that too! Our experienced apartment locators answer phones 7 days a week and are the best in Austin! Our locating service is free, call 512 231 1400 today!