6 Apartment Apps for Every First-Time Renter
Looking for a new apartment can be extremely difficult, and there are always a lot of factors to consider along with the constant competition with other renters. Finding an apartment for the first time doesn’t have to be a huge hassle, however. To help ease the tension and make finding your first apartment easier, here are some of the top apps for getting into your new place.
Trulia Rentals (Apple, Android)
This is one of the most popular apps on the market. It offers easy navigation to help define what type of apartment you’re looking for, without needing to fill out direct forms with your personal information attached. You’ll get a lot of nearby options as well as dream apartments states away.
HotPads (Apple, Android)
Best known for city searching, this can help you find a place anywhere in the country. You can select through the various tabs of nearby schools, rated scores of the area, and handy neighborhood details. One of their coolest features which defines the name of the app is checking out the “hot” apartment listings that are most popular with other users.
RadPad (Apple, Android)
A great rental app that has listings from all around the country, one of the best features of the RadPad app allows renters to pay their rent directly through the app by debit or credit card. Then, they will send the check to your landlord for a small fee.
Zumper (Apple, Android)
This app gives you access to view more than a million properties for rent around the country. You can also sign up to receive alerts when a new property is added. The unique part of Zumper is its partnership with Experian. This is to provide you with your credit report so you can easily and safely submit a rental application through the app.
Apartments.com (Apple, Android)
An all-inclusive apartment searching experience, this app places a lot of focus on the details of each rental property, as well as any move-in fees you can expect to pay, and what the surrounding community is like. It also provides real-time updates about availability. You can even view 3-D tours of some apartment rentals before you set up and formal viewing.
Zillow Rentals (Apple, Android)
This app provides potential renters access to over 400,000 spaces available for rent across the country, as well as many properties for sale. Users can also utilize the helpful search feature to only be shown apartments that meet their requirements, such as pet-friendly and on-site parking. You can even find out how to control your ADT security system using a smartphone if some properties have security already installed. You can also save these searches so and continue searching at any time.
As difficult as finding a new place can be, hopefully these app suggestions can make the search a little easier. Renting out a new place for the first time can surely be nerve-racking, but once you sign the first lease of your renting life, you’ll feel a lot less stressed. Happy hunting!
Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.