Searching for the perfect place to call home doesn’t have to be an ordeal. You can make the most of your time by doing most of your apartment search research online by sticking to a few basic rules. Of course, you will want to start by first having a rough idea of what you are looking for. With so many apartments for rent and options available, it can feel like an almost impossible task to sift through them all to find the right one.
Advanced Search Options
If you want to narrow down your search in the fastest, most efficient way possible, utilize the “Advanced Search Options” that are available on most apartment search websites and classifieds like Kijiji.ca and RentSeeker.ca. Not only will the price be right, but you can ensure you’re not wasting your time sifting through ads from apartments that won’t accept pets and other details which make finding your next apartment a lot less work. You can make your search even more precise by inputting the postal code of the area of the city you want to live in. Of course, if you don’t have a preference for the area or if you don’t have a cat or dog in tow, using the basic search functions will give you a good overview of what is available and how much it will cost you each month. Once you’re armed with this information, you can make much more informed decisions about the apartments you then want to see in person.
If you have found an ad that is short on content – no photos, no layouts, no neighbourhood information – it’s wise to move on. You will most likely be disappointed if you see the apartment in person. Instead, focus your search efforts on sites and ads that provide lots of data. You can head into the viewing knowing a lot about what you can expect before you even get there, giving you a head start on the hunt. RentSeeker.ca’s apartment listings for example are packed full of photos, floor plans and even 3D layouts and videos of the properties and area amenities in some cases. Don’t waste your time with ads that seem to have something to hide.
Utilize the Add-Ons
Finding the ideal apartment is not always just about the building itself; the location and neighbourhood can play a big role in whether or not you’ll be happy living there. RentSeeker helps to make this task easier on you by providing Property Videos and WalkScore information in each listing. Now you can know immediately if a bus stop is close to the apartment building, what kind of restaurants and shops are nearby and how pedestrian-friendly your potential new neighbourhood is. These kind of add-ons are there to ensure you find the apartment that is right for you, both in price and community living.
So don’t let the apartment search process overwhelm you. Even if you are not sure what you are looking for, RentSeeker.ca, Kijiji and other great apartment search sites offer features that will get you started on the path to apartment bliss with just a few clicks of your mouse 🙂
Happy Apartment Hunting!
The RentSeeker.ca Team