When you have to move to another part of the town, to another town, to another country, or even overseas, the first thing you have to do is to find a house or apartment to live in. It’s on you to decide whether you want to rent it, to buy it, or even use the rent-to-buy option, depending on how long you have to stay there. If the moving is for studies or some job, then you can consider renting an apartment, but if you want to stay there forever, then you probably already have a plan to buy a property and renovate it. But, the problem comes when you have to look around and find the best one for your budget. Sometimes, we are not capable of seeing all the sources of ads, but moving is stressful by itself, and most of the time, we are stressed and nervous, and finding an apartment gives us additional anxiety too.
But, what if we tell you that someone else can do that for you? And the best thing? These services are usually free, or charge some low fee, because the current property owner is paying them to put their apartment on the list, waiting for the right person to look for it. Yes, we are talking about apartment location services that sometimes have an office, but in recent years, they are providing a website catalog. According to Aptamigo, you only have to tell them what you are looking for, enter the information, your preferences, and they will provide the best matches for your requirements. That’s why it’s worth using this type of service.
Here are a few reasons for using an apartment locator, and the benefits of it:
1. Low costs (or completely free)
Most of the time this service is free for those who are looking for a new apartment. So, when you find a rent price you agree with, you can be sure that you won’t need to pay even a cent more than that. On the other hand, the owner is the one who was paying the agency to offer his/her property, and sometimes they calculate the expenses in the rents – but that expense is on them. Sometimes, when you use a premium service, the agency can charge some low fee for doing the job for you, but usually, it’s worth it and it’s a one-time expense for you.
2. They have access to all the available properties
Sometimes you can’t see all the ads and free properties available. Some owners decide to hire an agency to find a proper renter for them because they want to protect themselves and their apartment. Many people have a bad experience, no matter if they are owners or rent the apartments. But, once you or they hire an agency to mediate the process, there are some law obligations for both sides. That’s why usually some of the best apartments are available only through agencies and property location services. Also, when a new building is started, the apartments aren’t available everywhere, and you have to contact a certified and licensed locator to find a new property to live in. Most of the owners decide not to place an ad for their new living area, because they want to get a serious and dedicated renter who will take care of it properly.
3. It saves a lot of time and money
As we said, you don’t want to lose additional time and money, especially when you are on a tight schedule and you have to move as soon as possible, because of work, or any other reason. But, do you know that sometimes this service will provide nice deals and lower the monthly rents for a couple of dollars, that can be really important. Also, when you sign up for their program, you can get other offers, which can be really helpful if you need to move again. And when we talk about saving time, imagine just going to see all those free apartments in the town. Probably no one has time for that, but you can be sure that the locator services will always provide authentic photos and all the information you need to know, so you can decide if you want to rent it or not.
4. They know the local real estate market
They surely have a large database and a lot of available properties. But, they also know (or have to know) the local market, so they can provide important information, like if the neighborhood is calm or loud, or is there a street with a lot of traffic during the day. These are also important things, and every person has different preferences when it comes to lifestyle choices. Also, if you own a pet, you have to list that in your application, and they will choose only the pet-friendly properties for you.
5. They have all the information you need (even the tricky ones)
Every service will try to optimize the offer for you, and using your preferences, to create a custom service, that will keep you as a loyal client to them. But, they also know other important things, like the personality of the owners, the neighbors, the view from the windows and balcony, the quality of the furniture inside, the possible problems with the electricity or water systems, how far it is from the bus station, do you need to pay more for a parking spot, and so on. All of these things can affect your decision whether you want to take that particular apartment or not.
Our final advice is to look for a locator that is covering the particular area you are interested in. Use only certified services, because that’s the only way you can be sure you will get the best for your money (and preferences). In the end, we will wish you a lot of luck, no matter what’s the reason behind your move, and we hope you will find the best property that fits your lifestyle preferences.