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5 Tips To Get Your Next Apartment

We care about our tenants; how they fit in with their neighbors, their well being, how they enjoy our properties, and how we can make their life easier in our apartments. We keep our current tenants in mind when we receive new applications. We take each application seriously, and it is important you do as well. Over the years at Welsh Realty Apartments, we have processed hundreds of applications to our apartments. Whether you apply with us or not, we want to help you stand out from the rest. Welsh Realty Apartments will share with you what makes certain applicants shine, and other applicants that make us cringe. There are some really simple steps you can take to make your application stronger and get that apartment you love.

Know What You're Looking For

Sounds easy enough right? You should know whether you want a one, two, three, or more bedrooms in your apartment. Whether you want certain amenities such as washer/dryer hooks up, whether its a ground floor or third story apartment. It may seem very basic in apartment searching but it is vital. An immediate flag for landlords is when they hear “oh, I'll take anything you have.” While you may think you are being accommodating, a landlord will not think that. A landlord will wonder why you do not care where you live, and an experienced landlord will start asking more questions. More often than not, when we hear “I'll take anything”, it will lead to a rejected application. This simple step shows that you know what you are looking for, and have done basic research in your apartment search.

Set Up Your Voicemail... And Pay For Your Phone

As hard as we try, we are not always readily available by phone. However with caller ID, it is very simple for us to return a call... until we hear “Sorry, the person you are calling has a voicemail box that has not been set up yet, goodbye!”. When we hear that message, we lose interest in that applicant quickly. If you do not leave a voicemail or contact us in any other way (email, Facebook, our website etc), we will move on to the next applicant. Welsh Realty Apartments will try to return the call twice if there is no voicemail, then we simply move on. Even worse is when we return a call and hear “This number is no longer in service”. If you cannot pay for your phone, we have a hard time seeing the potential applicant paying their rent.

Communication is important- We like to communicate with our tenants so we can provide the best service we possibly can. If we have a hard time communicating during the application process, chances are we will have a hard time communicating if you become a tenant. Giving us a way to reach you is important during the application process, and it is a step many people miss.

Voicemail/Calling Etiquette- Speak Slowly and Speak Clearly

Sometimes at Welsh Realty Apartments we cannot return a voicemail simply because we cannot understand it. There have been countless voicemails where the person sounds like they are in the lightning round of a game show, shouting as quickly as possible. There have been the occasional voicemails where the person is clearly intoxicated and slurring their speech. We had calls where a person just talks too fast and we cannot understand them over the phone. If you know you talk fast or cannot leave a voicemail, feel free to email us. If you do leave a voicemail, speak slowly, speak clearly, and repeat your phone number twice. It is a small tip but it gives us an extra chance to write down your number if our caller ID cannot trace your number. As an added bonus, it will make you appear professional if you speak slowly and clearly.

Know Your Finances

One of the quickest ways to be rejected from an apartment is if you do not know your financial situation. We have received calls where a person hypothetically will make $1000 per month for an apartment that costs $950 per month. That leaves this person $50 per month for food, gas, electric bill, heating bill (usually heat is included in our multi-family apartments), car payment, cell phone payment, and other everyday expenses. Again it may seem simple, but we have rejected plenty of applicants because they do not understand their finances. Please do some research or see what your co-workers are paying for rent prior to applying for an apartment. Welsh Realty Apartments will always ask about financial information and will keep your information private. We understand that it is a sensitive topic, and we treat it with the upmost care. However when we hear “Don't worry, I make plenty of money, I can definitely afford this place!” and you do not provide your financial information, you will be rejected. If we cannot verify, we deny. It is standard practice in the industry to ask about your finances; we do not want to accept an applicant that we will be forced to evict later.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions

This may seem odd, but we like it when a prospective tenant asks us questions about our current tenants, amenities in the apartment, the neighborhood, the school, or other questions about the apartment. It shows that you are taking your search seriously and you care about where you want to live. Some applicants are afraid that if they ask too many questions, they will annoy the potential landlord and be rejected. A professional landlord will be accommodating. They will want to make sure they are meeting the needs of their tenants; both new and old. Again if you show that you care, it will make it more likely you will be accepted. We will not be annoyed by questions, answering them is the least we can do!

If you follow these five simple tips when applying for an apartment, you will be a much stronger applicant and more likely to get the apartment you want. These are five tips that we hope you implement in your next application! These tips come from three generations of being professional landlords at Welsh Realty Apartments, where we offer 120 apartments between Vermont and New Hampshire. We sincerely hope that we helped you out and you found our first blog entry informative!

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