Finding a suitable rental property to make it your home is difficult enough without the added stress of the application process. Getting it right means being able to put your feet under the dining room table in a place you know is yours for the term of the rental, while getting it wrong means starting the search all over again.
Get the Process Right in a Competitive Rental Market
If you are struggling to have your application considered, especially when there are several people applying for the same property, it is time to take a closer look at your approach. The rental market is very competitive. So, just like the job market, you need to have everything covered to give yourself the best chance.
To help you master the process, we have a few suggestions that may help. Here at Bunbury Real Estate, we have an application process that is typical for the rental industry. We are property managers with rental choices to suit a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.
Take the Time to Get Your Documentation Right
Having all the required documentation available for us is one of the most important things to get right. Applicants who have everything we have asked for are the easiest to process, and it is even better if you go the extra mile and have everything copied and presented in a folder for us to start your tenant file. This also applies to any housemates who will be sharing the property.
Punctuality and Good Manners are Remembered at Inspections
We often open rental properties at specific times to allow prospective tenants to view them. This is very time consuming for us, so we remember tenants who arrive on time. Punctuality is a courtesy in every industry and ours is no exception, as are visitors who are pleasant. The initial inspection, before even being accepted as a tenant, is not the right time to demand repairs or changes.
Dress to Impress
You may be surprised at our next suggestion, but again, just like a job interview, it helps to dress the part. We don’t expect people to dress in formal wear to view a rental property but looking dirty and dishevelled does not leave a good impression. When you show up neat and tidy, we know you are treating the application process seriously.
Follow Up Contact Indicates Genuine Interest
Finally, if you have put in an application and not heard anything after a couple of days, there is no harm in contacting the rental agent and offering to supply extra documents or references to indicate your interest. If they are tossing up between your application and another candidate, receiving a courteous contact from you could just be the thing that makes up their minds.