As a potential renter, you need to approach your rental application as professionally as possible. What many people do not realize is that you are actually being evaluated on whether or not the rental community will see you as a good fit. In order to maintain cohesiveness about their property and lifestyle for renters, there is a certain degree of compliance that is necessary.
There is no doubt that some places will have more requirements than others. Fortunately, there are common differences between a good application versus a poor application. Here are some great ways to ensure your rental application stands out among the many they receive daily.
Get Yourself and Your Rental Application Organized
Professionalism, as if you were applying for a job, should carry over into your rental application. To be organized, you should have all the paperwork ready to go in case you find the apartment sooner than expected.
The first step you should take before you even start looking is to check your credit. This is something all landlords or complexes will do. If you see some discrepancies, be sure to correct them. Allow yourself 2 months to correct issues on your credit report. Most companies only update once a month.
Next, you will want to assemble paperwork such as 4 bank statements and pay stubs, your ID, references, and know your last 2 prior addresses. You will also need to have a deposit check ready, or in some cases credit check funds available.
Rental Application References and Resume
You will need to call your references you plan on using to ensure it is okay for the landlord to contact them with regards to you. Make sure you give the reference at least a weeks notice. Always have back up reference choices, in the matter where someone is not comfortable with being a reference.
A renter resume is becoming more popular to include with an application. A resume shows professionalism and a greater attempt. Providing a renter resume along with your application is definitely a way to stand out. Not only that, your application might be processed faster due to the readily available information you provide. Such things to include in your renters resume would be:
- Current job and an explanation of your duties
- Hobbies that you like and how you spend your free time
- Past 2 or 3 addresses you have lived at and the contact information of each
- References with complete contact information including best times to call
When Contacting About Your Rental Application
If you are looking to rent from a property management company, make sure you call from 8:30am to 11:45am. It is best to call earlier in the day so you can catch them before they get started on too many things (and before lunch).
If you have to leave a message, make it clear and to the point. Plan what you will say, and do not sound like you were caught off by the answering machine. You will want to repeat your name and phone number twice; once at the beginning and once at the end. Make sure you speak slowly and include times you are available to view the rental, and any other information you deem necessary.
When you visit the rental for a tour, look presentable and well taken care of. The landlords will judge your appearance, and base your overall maintenance of the potential property on this factor along with others. Be sure to thank them for their time after the meeting.
Keeping these factors in mind, you will be able to soar above the other applicants by creating a well thought out approach to your rental application and follow up techniques.