The summer time appears to be the season to find a new home and our management company gets to meet quite a few prospective tenants. You might be surprised to learn that you are just as much under review as the home we are showing. We have a responsibility to the owners we represent to find good tenants so here are some do’s and don’ts
- Do arrive on time and don’t miss an appointment. If you show up late will the rent be late too? To me it is a good sign when a tenant beats me to the appointment; it shows that you really want the house. When it comes to rentals it’s not like a dating game; playing hard to get isn’t in your favor. If the review process comes down to two equally credit worthy applicants, we are going to give it to the people who act like they really want it.
- Do arrive well groomed. You don’t need to wear anything fancy but if you are wearing tattered and stained clothing; we start to worry that we might be left with a tattered and stained property when you move out. Here is an example of a big red flag: prospective tenants arrived a little late to an appointment, as the couple jumped out of their car, empty plastic bottles and other pieces of trash came flying out of their car and started rolling down the street. We’re not going to inspect your car but you might not want to proclaim to the world that you are a messy person.
- Do not point out a lot of little things that are wrong with the house. It is okay to take note of the flaws of a home or to mention something you would prefer to have touched up but this is not a walk-through inspection! If you give us a laundry list of frivolous items and walls you want moved, we are going to start to wonder if you are going to ask for pest control to come out a month after you move in because lizards are crawling on the outside of your house (this has also happened).
- Tell us if you are not interested in the property, it’s not going to offend us. You would be surprised how many people we show houses to who tell us they’re REALLY interested but they don’t submit an application and they don’t return calls. Just be honest – if you don’t like it, let us know, we probably have what you are looking for.
- Read about our application process before you see the house so you can come prepared to apply. If you have found your dream home and you want to get the application process done right away, bring whatever is needed to run the background checking. In our case that is $20 cash per applicant, driver’s licenses, social security cards, and three months proof of income (check stubs or bank statements). While your background checking is likely to carry the most weight, a good first impression goes a long way.