your guide to finding a place
Searching for an amazing new place can be a little intimidating, not to mention time-consuming and stressful. When you have a relatively short timeframe to find your dream apartment, you need to make sure you’re focusing on what’s most important.
We understand! We’ve heard renters’ stories—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and our goal is to simplify the process so renters have more good stories to tell. That’s why we put together this breakdown of the different options to find an apartment. Here’s wishing you a happy and stress-free apartment hunt!
Rental Sites and Apps – Going online feels convenient because your search is often quick, easy, and free. However, while you save time upfront, this method can take some extra effort in the long run. How? Since you don’t have a knowledgeable rep in your corner, you may find something that looks great online but doesn’t live up to your expectations in person. If you have questions about apartment complexes or even neighborhoods, you’re on your own.
Direct Rentals – Some renters contact the building management of apartment complexes directly. However, this method is very time-consuming and you can make a lot of calls and take tours without much payoff. After all, most renters may know the neighborhood they’d like to live in, but don’t have a deep knowledge of all the potential complexes. When you actually tour some that seem promising from an outsider’s point of view, you may be disappointed. Unless you already know exactly which complex you want or have the luxury of unlimited time, this option probably isn’t for you.
Online Classifieds – There are advantages to going (relatively) old-school. Online classifieds are simple and free to browse and they’re often pretty effective. The disadvantages? Most likely, you’ll need to tour a ton of places before finding a great pad. Also, there’s no shortage of scams on online classifieds—so if you go this route, stay aware.
Here’s a motto to live by when it comes to apartment hunting: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. At the very least, never wire money or put down a deposit before you see a place (and usually not before you actually sign a lease). Our advice: proceed with caution.
Locator Services – Working with an agent is like cherry-picking the best qualities from all the other options. A good agent truly knows the neighborhoods—for example, RadPad agents live and work in Dallas and Houston—and can create curated apartment searches with exclusive pricing.
If you’re thinking that this sounds great, but your budget is already stretched by moving, here’s the rundown: In Texas, apartment locators are paid by the apartment complexes because they want to find qualified residents.
Want more good news? RadPad Plus offers a rebate (of up to $200!) for anyone who leases their apartment through our service. (To be sure you don’t miss out on the deal, don’t forget to list RadPad or RadPad Plus as the way you found your apartment!)
We also have an app so you can browse online and store your favorites. If you have a question about RadPad’s site or app, please drop us an email.
If you want to learn more about how RadPad Plus can help you find your perfect place, download 9 Ways Your Home-Finding Service Can Save You Time and Money.