Need Help Finding an Apartment to Rent?

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Finding an apartment can be an overwhelming task. Driving through town gazing at complex after complex the possibilities seem endless; but deciding how to go about finding the one that’s right for you can be tricky. On first glance an apartment can seem great, but it’s really important to scope them out before renting. Here are a few tips on how to get started looking for that perfect apartment.

Scoping out your options

Some great tools to use on your quest for an apartment are search engines such as Craig’s List, Google, and of course, ApartmentRatings.com. Craig’s List and ApartmentRatings.com allow you to create a search by area and specific personal qualifications. They are broken down categorically – like cheap apartments – so it’s easy for you to narrow your search and find an apartment. They often offer feedback from residents, which is great help when searching for an apartment you know nothing about. Who better to tell you about it than someone who has already had to deal with the train rolling by every morning at 2am?

Another helpful place to look is towards apartment locators. I know, I know… you don’t want to have to make an appointment, drive around all day with a perfect stranger, and run the risk of having conflicting music taste – the locators usually drive. But these people do nothing but sit around and search for apartments all day long, and they generally have a pretty good idea of what your city has to offer. Just by going in and making a quick appointment to talk about what you’re looking for, they often have a few immediate suggestions. Also, they work completely for you. They generally aren’t paid unless you find an apartment and sign a lease, so they’re totally committed to hang in there with you until your dream apartment is found. A devoted apartment finder servant? Sounds good. And hey, you won’t even waste your own gas!

Also, ask around. A friend of a friend might live in a great complex that they would be willing to let you look at. Or, someone might be looking for a roommate – and who knows, maybe they’re the clean type who will do your laundry for you. And if you’re in college, check out the postings up at school. There might be subleasing notices that would work perfectly with your summer or semester plans.

Deciding on your criteria

This can be the hardest part of your search. One of the most difficult things is finding a roommate. Let’s face it, you and Mindy have been best friends for forever, but living with her this past semester was pretty much the worst thing that has ever happened to you. A great friend does not equal a great roommate – at least not in all cases. It’s important to think about what your habits are: do you stay up late, are you a neat freak, do you have any pet allergies, can you only study in complete silence? These things might not seem like a big deal, I mean, it’s a whole apartment! But when Mindy’s toy poodle chews up your favorite pair of sexy high heels, you suddenly forget about her having shared her peanut butter and jelly with you every day in middle school. When looking for a roommate, try and search through friends. Mindy might not be the best candidate, but you don’t want to live with a total stranger, so maybe Mindy’s cousin who doesn’t like dogs would be a good possibility. Use your friend network to look around for possible roomies.

For most of us, finding a cheap apartment is a goal. You don’t want to have to fight rats for your cereal in the mornings, but working the night security shift at the local mall to make rent is probably not too appealing either. In this case, look for a friend, with generally the same income level, and check out their apartment. Most likely, it’s in your price range, or at least could give you an idea of what a cheap apartment in your area would be like. Also, set a range that you’re willing to look in. Chances are, you’re not going to find an apartment for exactly what you’re willing to pay, so look around – you might even find a cheaper one with everything you’ve ever dreamed of!

Another main concern is safety. This requires that you check out the type of neighborhood apartment complexes are located in. The property might be gated, but if thugs are looming directly outside the gates, waiting for someone to be buzzed in, the gates might not do too much good. Ask the apartment residents or management about crime rates, or reported break-ins to get a realistic idea of what to expect.

43 Responses to “Need Help Finding an Apartment to Rent?”

  1. December 27, 2005 at 1:12 pm, Anonymous said:

    Be sure to check the crime rate of your apartment complex. You are RESPONSIBLE to know all of this info. You CAN’T get out of your lease just because there’s high crime, trust me.

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  2. January 07, 2006 at 1:47 pm, Anonymous said:

    Not all apartment locators force you to be driven around to properties either. In some states, apartment locators can talk w/ you over the phone and just send you listings via email. You can also make appointments to go into their office and review floorplans and photos. Usually they’ve already seen the properties several times so you have someone who isn’t bias and can tell you whether it would work for you or not. You don’t need to take off a whole day of work or waste an entire Saturday being driven around by someone. Just take your options and go-but make sure you let them know when you rent. Most leasing agents tell you that they will inform the locator and never get around to it.

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  3. January 23, 2006 at 3:45 pm, Anonymous said:

    How ould one check on the crime rate?

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  4. January 18, 2007 at 5:32 pm, Guest said:

    Hello,
    My name is Amy Buzzard i am also looking for cheap apartment or house.. becuae my ssi check is only 623.00.. and i live at women’s shelters for 30 days.. if that ok that i can get an appoitment? my email is twiss701@yahoo.com

    thanks

    Amy Buzzard

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  5. January 23, 2007 at 10:36 am, Guest said:

    Hi Amy,

    Check out http://www.affordablesearch.com. It lists only affordable apartment communities, most for people who need some sort of government assistence making ends meet. It’s free to search and no log-in is required. Good luck with your hunt.

    Vlad

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  6. February 06, 2007 at 10:23 pm, Guest said:

    Hi I am a student and I work off the books and I have no paystubs but good credit is there any way I can get an apartment of my own.

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  7. February 16, 2007 at 4:23 pm, Guest said:

    I will be leaving my Appt because I bought a home. Let me know if you are interested in my apartment. it’s a nice neighborhood and one of the best apartment in philadelphia area. My name is kofo.

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  8. March 03, 2007 at 4:41 am, Guest said:

    Hi i need someone 2 take over my appt lease ASAP the rent is $645 and its in Farmington if enyone is interested plz post a comment.

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  9. March 07, 2007 at 9:42 am, Guest said:

    Kofo- Is your apartment still available? Where is it located?

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  10. July 02, 2007 at 11:29 am, Guest said:

    Hey my name is Desiree.I have a 5 yr old daughter.I’m looking for a studio or 1 bedroom apartment.I wanted to know if u still have your apt in farmington for rent!I am interested!!and I need it badly please write back!!!

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  11. July 09, 2007 at 6:45 pm, Guest said:

    I am looking for a 2 bedroom apartment, house, duplex or town house. Possibly 3 bdrm if price allows. I have one 4 year old child.I am a student at ODU and have been at the same job for 2+ years since getting out of the service. I am a 6 year disabled military veteran. I have been in the same nightmare of an apartment complex for 4+ years. I have a $900 limit. Thanks

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  12. August 07, 2007 at 8:52 pm, Guest said:

    hi i am looking for a cheap apartment for my 2 babies and myself. i do not have excellent credit and i only make about 800 dollars a month. can anyone help me???

    thank you,

    struggling in rockford, il.

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  13. September 10, 2007 at 8:57 am, Guest said:

    hi im looking for an apartment for me n my daughter but r u anywhere near boot road in West Chester ? if u do let me know then ill give u my number .

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  14. September 17, 2007 at 6:46 pm, Guest said:

    hi i am lookin 4 a 2 bedroom i make 1200 a month i stay with my mom and she wants me gone please i need help please……………i have 2 kids and they want there own place they dont like where they live help me please………

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  15. October 22, 2007 at 1:33 pm, Guest said:

    hey I am looking for a one or two bed room apartment I have a daughter shes 6 years of age and we are both homeless I am looking for a cheap price I can only afford to pay 7 or 800.00 dollars a month.I am not looking to share an apartment with anyone other thin my daughter I know I wont probably wont be able to find something but it wont hurt to try..if any ones know where to find cheap apartments for rent please contact me at mygirlkid@hotmail.com

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  16. October 23, 2007 at 10:49 am, Guest said:

    hi me and my boyfriend live in a hotel and we need to find a place that will rent to someone who is 18 we have a co signer we pay close to 750 a month at the hotel we ned to find a place that is cheap my name is brittany moragn and i will appreciate if someone has any ideas my email is brattney420420@yahoo.com

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  17. December 26, 2007 at 10:25 am, Guest said:

    hello i need help me and my husband can pay rent on time but i just need an apartment that is cheap i only make 600.00 a month please help us

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  18. January 09, 2008 at 9:39 am, Guest said:

    Hi I’m 31 yrs of age and have an amazing 2yr daughter..We need to get out of where we are right away. The only thing I can do is share an apartment right now. I was looking for A mom and her daughter.. I would perfer to live on my on. Thats just not an option right now..if your interested e-mail me please at Botelholiz@yahoo.com

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  19. February 02, 2008 at 9:06 pm, Guest said:

    Hi
    i am looking for apartment in a nice neighborhood, wiht public transportation. i have twin girls and they are growing and need their own space. i live with my mother and i desperately need to get out.i have a limit of 750 a month.thank you.
    email me at harmonie425@yahoo.com

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  20. April 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm, Guest said:

    I live in the southbay California I’m looking for a 1 Bedroom need to move out ASAP. Can spend $600-$700 please email me to wildfire2@hotmail.com. Thxs!

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  21. April 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm, Guest said:

    Hi my name is Shawntaya. I am in desperate need of a one bedroom apartment. Me and my boyfriend was supposed to have moved in together last year but something bad happened and that didnt work. Now he’s in Detroit, Michigan and we have been trying so hard to find a place so he can come back. He doesn’t have a job right now and I onlfy make about $450 a month alone. We dont have anyone who will co-sign and neither of us have credit. Please help me. You can e-mail me at tayasnow015@yahoo.com. Thank you. Lexington, Kentucky

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  22. May 07, 2008 at 2:23 pm, Guest said:

    Hi Shawntaya
    You should look on affordablesearch.com for an affordable apartment. they have a lot of listings in the michigan area and you can contact the community directly at no charge. good luck.

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  23. July 15, 2008 at 7:08 pm, Guest said:

    i need help finding a apartment to rent i am a single dad and have two kids one two yrs old and another of four yrs old i just have a part time job i make $110 every two week i could paid i rent of $500. the most. if you have a way to help me let me know at ruben.sanjuan@yahoo.com

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  24. August 13, 2008 at 12:15 am, Guest said:

    hi,

    i am 17,i clearly don’t have any credit, i will be graduating next year and hopfully be going to advance beauty college in Hannibal, MO my boyfriend is going to college at Hannibal LaGrange and i figured since beauty schools don’t offer housing i would just get an appartment with him, we both don’t have jobs but we have a year do save up some money. so my problem is that i don’t know where to look in finding an apartment, if you can help my email is abbycadabby90@yahoo.com

    abby

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  25. September 03, 2008 at 2:46 pm, Guest said:

    hi, my name is Lindsey i am 29 years old and just became a single mother of 3 kids and 1 more on the way. my childrens father left me and we have been relying on welfare until after the baby so i can go back to work. my kids and i are temporarily living with my parents which cant stay like this much longer we need our own space especially with a new baby on the way here in 4 months.lookinf for apartments have been frusterating because not alot of the landlords except welfare as a form of income. HELP!!!

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  26. September 25, 2008 at 6:48 pm, Guest said:

    HI I AM VERY INTERESTED IN THE APARTMENT THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO GIVE UP. I HAVE A 3 YRS OLD DAUGHTER WHO WE JUST MOVED FROM GA WITH MY DAD, NEW WIFE AND NOW WE STAY SOME WHERE THAT NOT SAFE AND I DONT WANT TO LIVE ON THE STREET. WHERE ARE U LOCATED AT AGAIN. IF STILL OPTION PLEASE REPLY BACK thefinest0316@yahoo.com

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  27. October 27, 2008 at 7:09 am, Guest said:

    hi shawntaya u can email me at 2314jayswinson@inbox.com

    Reply

  28. December 29, 2008 at 8:20 pm, Guest said:

    Hello,
    My name is shawna and I need a cheap apartment for three me boyfriend and our 2yr old son my credit is bad but I have been working at the same job 3 years im in DE if anyone can help email at stalley01@comcast.net

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  29. January 16, 2009 at 12:43 am, Guest said:

    hi my name is nina im from new york thebrooklyn aread and i am 21 yrs old and i am pregnant with twins on the way due april 29th 2009 and i am currently living in a tiny room that is barely big enough for me. i am on welfare now and i am looking for an apartment that will use my public assistance as an income cause clearly i dont have a job and i been eating off of my foodstamps. i need a place real soon and im so desperate to find one for the sake of my two unborns! if anyone has anything for me please e-mail me at sweet_hot552000@yahoo.com thank you

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  30. August 24, 2009 at 1:36 pm, Adam said:

    I need an apartment near Fort Riley, Kansas, and I need a month to month lease because I’m waiting for on post housing, and may need to break my lease at any time. I can’t find anything that I can afford, or that is month to month. I have tried every apartment finder website I have come across, and none of them help. Any ideas?

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  31. October 03, 2009 at 7:51 pm, Manuel Martinez said:

    o yea and the incomes my older brothers and hes on SSI so any thing will help

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  32. November 25, 2009 at 1:23 pm, Nikki said:

    Hi im 25yr sinle parent of two kids i need an apartment badly i dnt have a job and get help from the state (FIA) if anyone kno of income based rent in detroit, mi

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  33. January 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm, Tony Hill said:

    Hey I’m 25 y/o. and will be moving to the Williston, North Dakota area soon with my job. I have been on the internet looking everywhere for a place and have not found anything. I’m trying to stay withing 60 miles of Williston too. If you know anybody in that area that can help PLEASE email me. If you know of someone that I can get in contact with, that would be greatly appreciated also. I’m coming from Texas so I know absolutely about the area. Please help me my email is county_boy031984@yahoo.com. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!!

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  34. August 05, 2010 at 9:58 pm, Kisha said:

    Hey, I am a healthcare student looking for an apartment in the Philadelphia area. I need something with access to public transportation. Not so good credit , but I have been with my current job for 4 yrs. Need help like yesterday!!!

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  35. April 07, 2011 at 6:53 pm, tryphonia said:

    hi am asingle mom with 5 children and also on ow assis for the past three months i have been trying to get aresting place for me and my children not even the shelter wants us so please dont give up be strong we are living in an unjust world where money has taken over love for one another the enemy just want you to be so depressed untill one day you give up on your life but don’t just continue pressing

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  37. February 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm, Rosa said:

    I am looking for an apartment for me and my 3 year old son. I make 600 bi weekly and I am looking for a 2 bedroom apartment for about 500-750 a month. I am a single mother who is struggling to find a place. I live in brooklyn and everything here is so expensive, and I am praying there is something out here for the price I listed above. If anyone has any information please feel free to send it to rosaramos88@yahoo.com I really need the help

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  38. January 04, 2013 at 6:51 pm, Alyssa&John said:

    Hi, our names are John and Alyssa. We currently reside in Humble, Tx. We have a beautiful baby girl, named Kamirah, she is an american pitbull, and she is the most loving dog you will ever meet. Foxwood apartments is the name of our apartments, our lease will be up in May 2013. We are getting a head start on our apartment hunt because we rushed into our current home. We are also going to be joined by Alyssa’s little sister, Vanessa, in the summer when school lets out. We’re going to have her transferred in the new school district over the break period. Our requiments for the apartment are 2 bed/2+ bath, washer and dryer connections, no out of date kitchens, black or white appliances are ok, and must have mater suite . Considering we will be transferrring my little sister into the school district, we will also be looking at the elementary schools. Below we have a listing of apartsments we would be interested in. Please help us find our perfect home.
    Woodland Hills Village
    (855) 578-8549
    2139 Lake Hills Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339
    Plan H $894 Varies 2 2 1101
    Plan I $914 Varies 2 2 1171
    Bellaterra at Deerbrook
    (281) 973-2182
    9494 Humble Westfield Rd. Humble, TX 77338
    South Haven $949 – $1019 Varies 2 2 1325
    Eagle Crest
    (888) 479-7514
    5303 Atascocita Road Humble, TX 77346
    Essex $921 – $950 $88 2 2 903
    The Verandah at LakePointe
    (281) 973-6599
    8300 FM 1960 E Humble, TX 77346
    Model 2B $899 – $909 Varies 2 2 1070
    Thank you for your time.

    John Ford&Alyssa Hargrove
    lbc8732.jf@gmail.com & aah6291@gmail.com

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  39. March 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm, Anonymous said:

    this doesnt help anyone FIND an apartment, just gives tips on how to narrow down your search.
    doesnt help at all with finding one in the first place.

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  40. March 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm, Cheryl said:

    Hey this cheryl and daughter , my boyfriend I need 2 room and 2 bath please help me look around apt I am deaf laday I can owe pay bill $700 look around apt lauderhill or sunrise florida

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  41. March 08, 2014 at 8:28 pm, rolando feliciano said:

    hi, im rolly im looking aapartment i have 2 kid my son is 17 ang my daugther is 14,im also single parent,my budget is 1000pls email me if you have availble aprtment. thank you.

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  42. March 15, 2014 at 11:05 am, anthony stanley said:

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  43. May 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm, CaTHY bUTLER said:

    I NEED HELP FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE IN aYTLANTA ga BASED ON INCOME FOR A 56 YEAR OLD IMMEDIATELY HELP GOD

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