JUNE 08, 2011
How to put your best foot forward and secure a rental property
As median rents continue to climb, competition inevitably grows, increasing the need for renters to stay in the know and maximise their ability to secure a rental property.
There are a number of documents which are usually required to accompany your rental application. Prior to commencing your search for a rental property you should collate these relevant documents in preparation for when you need to submit an application. This will further improve your ability to secure a rental property and ensure you are fully prepared to attend inspections.
Scheduling & Attending Inspections
Scheduling an Inspection
Once you have found a property of interest, the first step is to contact a real estate agent and organise an inspection as soon as you possibly can. If they are proving to be difficult to contact, be persistent and keep trying until you succeed.
Ensure all applicants / housemates have also collated the above documentation. If you are the only one who comes prepared to the inspection, this will slow down your application submission and may result in not being able to secure a rental property.
As the rental market is extremely competitive, request an application form in order to fill it in beforehand and submit it on the day of the inspection. Alternatively, be prepared with all the required information to fill it in on the spot, in the case you are interested in applying. Ensure your application form is thorough, fully completed and neat.
Attending the Inspection
When attending inspections, be sure to make a good first impression. Introduce yourself and be polite, friendly and enthusiastic. This, along with your neat, tidy and presentable appearance, will help you stand out and be remembered when agents / landlords are looking through all the applications.
When you are viewing the property, treat it and its belongings with respect. By doing this, the real estate agent will get a preview of how you may act if you lived there. Likewise, if you show your enthusiasm and state why you like the place, it may showcase what kind of tenant you might be; eager and likely to sign a long lease.
If you are happy with the property and your application is ready for submission, it is important to be prepared to pay the first month’s rent and a bond should you be successful.
Ensure you follow up with the agent a few days after you have attended the inspection. This will showcase your interest and dedication to the property, as well as guarantee that the agent knows your name, hence becoming more familiar with you and your application.
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