When we needed a place to rent, we weren’t sure where to look. We knew we wanted a house rather than an apartment, so we couldn’t just look up the information online. We chose a mix of ways to find our perfect rental situation.
We relied heavily on Craigslist ads to scope out the available rentals in our area. That’s where we eventually found the townhouse we rented. You’ll find a mix of apartments, townhouses, duplexes and single-family homes on Craigslist. The site allows you to search by different features, including number of bedrooms and price.
But don’t forget to do your research. Just as online ads are easy to search, they are also easy to place, and scammers use the site frequently to scam people out of money. Trust your instincts and don’t fall for that place that is too good to be true.
With social media, it’s easy to put out your plea for a rental home. Let your friends and acquaintances know what you’re looking for in a rental. Someone might know a landlord who has a place for rent. Or a friend may drive by a house with a For Rent sign every day on his way to work. It never hurts to get your friends and family in on the search with you.
Another technique we used was simply driving around the neighborhoods where we wanted to live. We had several areas in the metro area that were acceptable for us. Whenever we were in those areas, we drove up and down the streets looking for rental signs in the yard. Take a photo of the house and a close-up for the sign so the phone number is clear. This helps you keep track of the houses you discover.
Real Estate Agents
Even if you’re not buying, a call to a local real estate company could be the key to finding your next home. You may get lucky and find an agent in the office who manages rental properties. Or an agent may be willing to help you find a rental in hopes that eventually you’ll buy a home through her. Either way it’s another resource for finding a rental property.
Finding a Home
No matter where you look, the key is consistency. If you have realistic expectations and a somewhat flexible timeline, you’ll eventually find what you need in a rental.