5 Steps to Standing Out in a Crowded Renters’ Market
Finding great monthly rentals in a super-charged city like Austin's real estate market is tough. Just when you think you’re in the door to your next home, you hear that someone else got there first.
That’s why it’s so important to put together a rock-solid renter’s profile before your monthly rental home search. It takes time, but the results are worth the investment.
Step #1: Create a rental resume
Landlords typically screen all potential tenants through online or in-person applications those individuals must complete to start the rental process.
By creating a resume, you’ll demonstrate a professionalism and responsibility that will catapult you to the top of the applicant list — which is exactly where you want to be.
Step #2: Gather and organize resume information
Your rental resume will look a lot like one you’d use to get a job. In fact, you might want to use your employment resume as a basic organizational template.
To complete a rental resume, you’ll need:
· Name and contact information, including your address, telephone and email
· A statement of what you’re looking for in a rental/why are you are a qualified tenant
· Your background, including: education, interests and whether you have a pet, roommates and/or family members that will be living with you
· Your employment history, including your current job and monthly/annual salary
· Your rental history, including landlord names, dates of residence and reason for leaving
· References, which should include the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three people have known you at least two years
Just as for a regular work resume, stick to the essentials and try not to go over one page. Double-check spelling and make neatness and reading ease your top priorities.
Step #3: Take that resume with you
Even if a landlord prefers that you fill out an application form, your resume will still come in handy. So don’t leave home without it.
Put printed versions in a folder to take with you when you go month-to-month rental home searching. Use the details on your resume to fill in the renter’s application form.
You’ll save time and look that much more appealing to a potential landlord.
Step #4: Look professional, act responsibly
Dress neatly in business casual clothes for interviews. This will tell a landlord that you take rental appointments seriously and want to make the best possible personal impression.
Arriving early will also help your case. It shows that you have great time management skills and value a landlord’s time.
Step #5: Be engaging
Ask questions about the unit and the neighborhood at your rental interview. It shows that you care about where you are living and have a genuine interest in becoming a tenant.
Remain passive and the landlord might get the wrong impression. He or she might think you don’t want the unit or that you won’t take care of it properly.
Homads understands that it’s a renter’s jungle out there. But we also know that by taking the time to make a good impression, you’ll increase your chances of getting just the right month-to-month rental for you.