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Successful Apartment Search Guide

If you are looking to rent an apartment, there is nothing more important than your apartment search. Without a game plan, your search for rental housing can be end up being a time-consuming and frustrating process.

You can easily find yourself in an apartment that's too small, too cold, or just plain wrong for you.

Before starting, it’s a good idea to think about what you need out of a dwelling. We’ve put together a set of tips that will streamline the apartment-hunting process and, hopefully, help you find your dream apartment.

Your Apartment Search - Starting Strong

There are only two key elements to a successful apartment search - time and effort. Below are a few details that will get your endeavor off to a strong start.

  • There are a lot of important decisions you need to make before you move. However, one of these decisions stands above them all: where are you going to move to?

    Instead of letting your apartment search dictate what neighborhood you end up in, pick the neighborhood first and then start looking around.

    You can either take a drive through the areas that interest you and look for "apartments for rent" signs, or use Louer.com’s online apartment search tool to see what apartments are available in that area.

  • Take measurements of your furniture before you go apartment hunting. That way, when you find a place you like you'll know exactly what will fit.

  • Do your apartment search during the day. Conducting your search in the daytime will give you a idea of how much natural light enters the unit.

  • Don't rush your apartment search. Unless you have a set deadline, take some extra time to see as many apartments as you can. This will give you a good idea of how much apartment you can get for your money.

  • If you're planning on seeing a lot of apartments, take notes. Without them it's easy to forget important details - living room size, utilities cost, parking, etc. These little details can play a big part in your final decision.

  • If your search stalls and you are caught in a bind, use apartment finder services as a last resort.

    Also known as apartment brokers, these finder services have exclusive listings and have plenty of contacts with apartment managers. However, in some cities apartment finders can charge a fee that can equal a month's rent.

Apartment Hunting Tips and Links

Here is a short list of online resources that can make the apartment-hunting process a breeze.

  • About.com has a section on apartment rentals which includes more tips on finding an apartment and a questionnaire to help map out your preferences.

  • ApartmentReview.Net is an onine guide to renting an apartment or buying a house. They put together a partial list of apartment features to consider when shopping for your next dwellings.

  • The City of Montreal has a Tenant’s Guide webpage which details "various measures to improve the living environment of tenants or to support organizations that promote social or community housing".

  • For those living in Montreal, or are thinking of moving here, Louer.com put together a list of online resources about apartments and rental housing in Quebec.

Keep in mind that some of the information on found these websites may not apply to your specific situation. As such, Louer.com is not be responsible for the content on these websites.