Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn, and you find yourself in need of an apartment, right now. Within the U.S. alone, almost 7.3 million people were displaced by natural disasters alone over the last 10 years.
When events happen that are out of your control, the ability to search quickly and easily for available places to live in your area is essential.
Apartment Guide, and our sister brand Rent.com, understand the struggle that people who have been displaced are facing in these circumstances. There's nothing more important than finding a safe place to live for you and your family. So we're making it easier for renters to identify apartment communities with immediate move-in ready housing.
If a natural disaster (hurricane, flood, tornado, winter weather, etc.) displaces residents, we'll put messaging on the property pages of our websites to let renters know that these communities have available units right now.
Messages will look like this example after the Texas ice storm in February 2021:
The messaging will vary depending on the situation, but you'll be able to easily see if your desired property has any availability. You might even be able to take advantage of move-in specials, depending on the length of the lease you want.
Apartment availability will always vary from property to property.
In your search, you might find a community in which you'd love to live, but then discover all of the units are currently full or uninhabitable because of the storm. In this case, the earliest availability might not be until the beginning of the new month after another tenant's lease has expired. Depending on when you are searching, that could be only a few days or a few weeks, but neither options are favorable when you need something right now.
This new messaging helps you save time in your apartment search by showing you right at the top of the property's page on Apartment Guide or Rent.com if there are immediate openings.
Then you can take the necessary steps to contact that property to discuss your options.
While the move-in-ready housing messages will help renters locate properties with availability, it's not the only way to find apartments quickly.
Here are a few other things that renters can do to find an apartment fast.
Although you may not have all your essentials within reach during this time, there are a few important documents you should have ready to ensure a faster process if you find the perfect place. Especially if you end up in a market that's saturated with other renters undergoing your same experience, speeding up your rental application review is a definite plus.
Make sure you bring the same set of documents to each apartment viewing or have them ready to email to a property manager at a moment's notice. You'll want to have:
One other document you can bring with you to really speed up the review of your rental application is a credit report. Although this is something a property manager can access themselves, handing it over at the moment saves a lot of time.
The ideal way to search for apartments is online. At Apartment Guide, we allow you to narrow down your search criteria to improve the results. We'll help you get into the neighborhoods you want, and only show the listings that align with your wish list of amenities.
The easiest way to get started is simply using the True Search functionality on our website.
Looking for a one-bedroom apartment in Atlanta that allows dogs and is near public transportation? Simply type that in the search bar and boom, you'll see all one-bedroom apartments in Atlanta that allow dogs and are near public transportation.
How about a studio apartment in Houston for under $1,000 that has stainless steel appliances? Same thing.
True Search can help you save time so you can find your move-in ready apartment even faster.
If you'd rather do it the old-fashioned way, you can still use manual filters to help in your search. To find the filters on your mobile device, click on the Filters button in the upper right of your screen. You'll then be able to select your custom search filters.
To best narrow down your results, it's important to filter your search in as many areas as possible.
From there, you can click on the heart icon (if you're signed in) to save searches you like and keep a comprehensive list.
At the same time you're clicking on the hearts though, give the listings a call to inquire about availability. Don't fill out the form online if you're looking for immediate results.
When you can, tour an apartment community in person. But, if you want to find an apartment fast, virtual tours will be a quicker option.
Most communities on our website give you the following virtual tour options:
You'll be able to find the virtual tour options under the Tour From Home section of the property page on our website.
It's also beneficial to look for specials when you're trying to find an apartment fast. From free rent to heavy discounts, each dollar you can keep will help with the additional expenses of relocating and replacing your possessions.
This is easy to do when you search with Apartment Guide. Look for the filter called Hot Deals. Adding this to your search criteria prioritizes rentals with special offers. When clicking on a listing with a Hot Deals tag, you'll see the specifics of the special right at the top.
Make sure to mention the deal when you call the property manager. Let them know where you saw it, and ensure that it's still available should you come in to sign a lease.
Helping renters find their move-in-ready apartment is what Apartment Guide is all about. We're here for you, with a comprehensive search, whether you're in a rush to find an apartment fast or can take your time. Either way, we understand the importance of having a home that works for you on all levels.