Each year, more and more people are turning to the internet to find an apartment. No longer are we sifting through rental ads or driving around town trying to find “For Rent” signs. Instead, a quick google search can provide you with more options than you could have wished for. However, this can also be a drawback. With so many choices, it can be difficult to narrow down on the right apartment, and it can also be difficult to know which listings to trust. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to helping you find an apartment online! Before you start searching for an apartment, you should first have an idea of the kind of apartment you’re looking for. That means figuring out a budget, deciding on features, finding a roommate (if you want one), and more. Getting these details ironed out first will help in the searching process, as many online tools provide filters you can apply (such as a one bedroom apartment, or off-street parking) to narrow down your list of choices.
Start with apartment search websitesIf you go to Google and just type in “apartments in Buffalo,” you’re going to have so many search results you won’t know what to do with them. Instead, head to one or two apartment search websites to better control your results. These websites will typically have the filters we mentioned above so that you’re only looking at the apartments that meet your criteria. There are many types of these websites available, and they all typically have the same listings, so choose one or two of the following to get started:
- Apartments.com allows you to narrow down by location, the number of bedrooms, a price range, and more. It also has a map feature where you can circle a specific area and find homes just within those boundaries, as well as school scores, walkability scores, and virtual tours.
- Craigslist doesn’t have as sophisticated of features as some other sites, but it does have a filter features and it is one of the most commonly used sites for landlords to post their listings.
- Padmapper is a great starting point as it pulls listings from a number of property rental websites that you may not have seen on Apartments.com or Craigslist. Alongside a filter option, it also features “Super-Secret Advanced Features” such as commute times, crime ratings, and more.