First Home Facts

Home Renting Tips and Tricks

If you are going to be looking for a rental home then there are some things you want to do that will help you to look like a better candidate. This will help to increase your chances of being chosen for that home over the other candidates who have also applied to rent it. Here are some tips you want to consider following to make yourself look like the best candidate for that rental you would like to be able to move in to: 

Get your credit score up

The very first thing you want to do is to start improving your credit score so you look as credit-worthy as possible. Dispute any errors you find on the report, pay down your debts, and continue making sure you pay your bills on time. Also, join a company that allows you to continuously review your credit report so you can fix additional errors as soon as they show up.

Collect references

Get a good letter of recommendation from your current landlord and try to get them from previous landlords as well. Even if you live with a family member or rent a room, you should have them write up a letter for you that states you are a trustworthy tenant who pays on time and cares properly for the property.

Get all your information together

Go in to see the management company prepared. Make sure you have phone numbers and addresses of personal references, social security numbers for all members of the household, a recent bank account statement, current pay stubs, last year's tax return, all the addresses and phone numbers you may need for current and previous residences and places of employment. The more prepared you are when you go in to fill out the application, the more you will present yourself as a responsible and trustworthy tenant.

Address pet issues correctly

If you have pets, then be prepared to pay pet deposits if they are legally able to charge them in the state that you live in. Bring in pictures of your pets that show them looking docile and well-behaved. For example, you should show a picture of your dog laying down next to a child rather than one where they have one of your shoes hanging out of their mouth. Also, bring in a letter or two from those who know you stating how well-behaved your pets are.