If you are looking for an apartment to rent, then believe me your weeks of hassle and stress are about to start. Searching for a property can be a hack of a challenge, I mean finding a soulmate is lot easier than finding a great apartment that you can turn into a home.
However there is good news for you, as you can eliminate many obstacles from the way by learning from my experience of do’s and don’ts while renting an apartment in Tampa, Fl.
First of all there is no such thing as a perfect apartment, so you have to be ready with a flexible attitude when going for the hunt.
Where to search for apartments Tampa FL?
Nowadays landlords use classified sites like Apartment, Zillow, Trulia and Craigslist to get good tenants. You can also go to a real estate consultant for assistance in finding, negotiating and finalizing a rental deal. I have mentioned these methods in this order for a reason.
When searching for an apartment is prepared to look at several options resembling your requirements. Open houses have become popular because it allows potential tenants to look around the property with detail. Make sure when you go to these open houses write down the pros and cons of every visit and use your points to help in shortlisting the best options.
Best time to search;
Best time to start looking for apartments Tampa FL is any other season then summer time. As it is school/semester holidays, the real estate market is excessively crowded in this season and there is high chance you will have to make huge compromises.
Know who you are and what you are looking for
This is very important as living within a locale that doesn’t fit with your stature is like living on mars. You are never welcomed by the community neither you welcome the community in your life. So in case you are a nature loving, quiet, introvert then you should better not target your search within the commercial areas of the city.
Secondly, before going on apartment search you should first have clear outline of the apartment you are looking for. Plus make a list of things that are important and things you can ignore in your apartment, as this will help save your time beating about the bush.
Finalize a perfect deal
Landlords these days are looking for tenant profiles that are salaried, don’t have small kids, are not party all night material, and want to live long term. So if you qualify for any of these or other appropriate qualities, then you can use them to negotiate on rent, or security, or utilities and current term period etc.
Consequently when the contract is being drafted it is very important that you know the law and your rights as a tenant. Plus it is highly recommended to get every agreement and negotiation you have discussed with the landlord on paper duly signed, as this helps when things go south.