According to recent reports, Dallas leads the entire nation in relocations, with nearly 250 new people arriving on a daily basis. Often times, those moving to a new city face the challenging task of finding a place to stay without being able to do a walkthrough or inspection first. While signing a lease on a new apartment sight-unseen can certainly be risky, there are a few precautions you can take to protect yourself and improve the odds of landing a place you’ll actually love. Here’s what our experienced apartment locators recommend.
Create a List
Before launching your search, it’s important to have a clear picture of what your needs and preferences are. You don’t want to waste your time looking up listings that don’t match your criteria – especially if you’re under pressure to find something fast. Sit down and write a list of what you want in a Dallas apartment. What amenities do you absolutely need? How much rent can you afford? Will you need public transportation? These are all essential things to know upfront.
Research the Area
Dallas is home to some of the best neighborhoods in the country (if we do say so ourselves), but they are not all created equal. Some may be more laid back and suburb-like while others are more lively and eclectic. Before you start your apartment search, do some research on each neighborhood to see which one(s) would more closely match your needs. And keep in mind that the DFW metroplex is pretty massive. If you’re relocating for work or school, make sure you’re looking in areas that aren’t situated too far away commute-wise.
Once you’ve figured out what your needs and preferences are, as well as which neighborhoods you’d like to focus on, we strongly recommend enlisting the help of a professional. For instance, our Dallas apartment locators are intimately familiar with the area and have hands-on experience helping people with the relocation process. Plus, we’ve built a solid reputation that we would never want to risk. And, of course, our service is free. You could do all the work, but why would you want to???
These days, we have access to so much technology right at our fingertips. You can take advantage of this by asking for a virtual tour of each apartment. Some luxury Dallas apartments offer this feature right on their websites. If this isn’t an option, ask a friend or apartment locator to do a walk through while using a video-conferencing tool, like Skype, FaceTime or Facebook messaging’s video call feature. It’s the next best thing to being there in person.
Ask for a Shorter Lease
This may not always be an option, as most landlords and property managers prefer to sign long-term tenants, but it’s certainly worth a shot. Finding a place that offers month-to-month tenancy may be a decent option, although having to move again shortly after relocating probably won’t be fun. If you can find a place that offers a lease of six months or a year, you’ll have time to see if you like your new place before deciding to move on or sign a longer-term lease.
Ready to take the plunge and see what’s out there? Contact our Dallas relocations experts today!