Finding an apartment in the summertime can feel like somewhat of a competition — many people are off from school or are taking time off from work for vacation, so they also have time for apartment hunting. If you happen to be in the market, it can feel a little overwhelming. To make the process a little easier, check out our tips for finding an apartment in the summer.
And when you need moving help, call the professionals at UF Mover Guys!
Check Your Credit
One easy way to streamline the apartment hunting process is to learn your credit score before you even meet with a potential landlord. You can receive a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. Landlords will often use your credit score to determine if you are a good candidate for the apartment. They also might use it to determine how much the deposit will be. If you have a lower credit score, you can help your cause by providing a favorable rental history. You should also be able to show proof of an income that is at least two to three times the amount of rent of the apartment.
Get Financial Items In Order
To corroborate your income, print out bank statements and have at least three recent pay stubs readily available. If you know that you don’t make two to three times the amount of rent, consider getting a roommate or make sure to line up a dependable family member or friend to sign as a guarantor. This way, the landlord will have a guarantee that rent will be paid no matter what. You should also be ready to pay all of the fees, which may include first and last month’s rent and a deposit fee. If you don’t have immediate access to the amount of money required for move-in, then your dream apartment might end up going to someone else.
View Apartments During The Week
If you’re a student or faculty member at the University of Florida, there’s a pretty good chance that you have at least part of the summer off. While this can give you the advantage of having time for apartment searching and packing, many others will be doing the same thing. When possible, gain a competitive edge by scheduling tours during the week. Most people will be using their weekends to visit properties, so viewing them during the week might give you extra time to tour and express your interests. Also, come prepared with plenty of questions so that you can pounce on the property immediately if it fits your criteria.
Compare Local Moving Companies
Local movers can ease so much of the burden of moving — both literally and figuratively — especially when it’s over 90 degrees outside and the last thing you want to do is hoist your couch up two flights of stairs. Professional moving companies also offer other valuable assistance, such as packing services and storage facilities. Once you find the perfect apartment, our moving company can make your summer move go smoothly without you breaking the bank or a sweat. Contact UF Mover Guys to get your moving quote today. Also, be sure to check out our moving tips for more insights on how to make your move the best yet.