Whether it’s your very first rental application or you’ve renting for years, applying for a property is an exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking time.
To help get your rental application to the top of the pile, here are our top ten tips for renting, courtesy of our portfolio management team:
Giving your references a little warning can help prevent the property manager from catching them off guard when we contact them. Letting them know ahead of time means they have time to consider their response, which is likely to produce a better outcome for everyone involved.
It seems simple, but you’d be surprised at how often we receive outdated or incorrect contact details. This tip goes hand-in-hand with step number one: when you let your references know that we’ll be contacting them and double-check that the contact details you have are up to date.
Time is of the essence when you’re applying for a rental property, as the owner is understandably keen to have someone living in their property sooner rather than later. It really does pay to be prepared and make sure that you have all of your documentation ready from the get-go.
In business and life, first impressions count — and applying for a rental property is no exception! There’s no need to show up in a tuxedo or gown, but looking clean and tidy is a good idea. Agents are people, and being friendly and personable can leave a lasting impression and help with your application.
Pets are part of your family, and the agent and owner are just as interested in knowing about your pets as they are about you. Sharing lots of information can help us to assess whether your pet is the right fit for the property.
We know there’s more to you than how long you’ve been working in your current role, or how much you take home each fortnight. Don’t be afraid to share some more detail about you, your family or your lifestyle to help set you apart.
We all have busy lives, so save everyone some time by being upfront once you’ve secured a rental property.
Most people don’t just pick any random rental property to apply for. There’s likely a reason that you think that this property is a good match, so be sure to share that in your application.
It’s not always possible, but try to align these two dates as best you can to increase your chances of success.
Being reliable and respectful are two of the most critical characteristics for tenants, so demonstrating these as early as you can may put you ahead of the curve.