About one-third of people in the US are renters so that means about one-third of Americans, at one point or another, have practically pulled their hair out while hunting for an apartment. Searching for an apartment is about as much fun as getting a root canal. The good news is that we can do all the hard work for you, for FREE! We get so many calls everyday from people who are looking for the best deals so we compiled a list of the best tips on getting a great deal on your Austin apartment. If you’re in the market for an apartment, follow these tips to help make sure you’re not poking your eyes out from anxiety!
Tip #1 Call Smart City Locating
Using Smart City is going to save you a ton of money. It’s a completely free service to you and our locators are going to individually call properties to find the best prices for your move date and budget range! We know of the best deals because we are in constant contact with properties so we keep up with price decreases, specials and other awesome deals!
Tip #2 Look for Properties Under Construction
Brand new apartment complexes often offer better specials because they want to fill up all the apartments as quickly as possible. They usually waive the application, admin and deposit or offer you 1/2 price deals on all of the application fees. Plus, the owners and managers are typically more flexible to negotiate with you on the monthly rent!
Tip #3 Be Prepared to Sign!
When you go and tour different properties, be prepared to apply within 24-48 hours. Many complexes will offer look and lease specials that are only good for up to 48 hours after your tour so be prepared to make a quick decision. You always need the following things to tour and apply: your ID, employment verification and pay stubs, details about your pets and a possible co-signer if you don’t make 2-3 times the monthly rent.
Tip #4 Be Flexible
If you are trying to lease an apartment in the summer, prices are usually pretty high. If there is anyway you can hold out on your move date and move in the Spring or Winter, you’ll probably save money. You should also be open to changing your plans. Instead of a two bedroom you may need to get a one bedroom or studio to save money!
Tip #5 Broaden Your Search
If you have your heart set on downtown, you may need to broaden your search and look in different areas! Downtown is the most expensive area in central Austin so by broadening your search, you might be able to find cheaper deals. Plus, it’s only a $5 Uber ride to any of the central neighborhoods so you’ll end up saving money in the long run!
If you are interested in any of these apartments, give us a call or text at 512-815-2317 or fill out one of our apartment search forms for more info and to set up a tour today!