(Closed) When should we start apartment hunting? (Added poll)

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: If we want to move in mid-August, when should we start hunting for an apartment?
    Go there ASAP! : (10 votes)
    27 %
    Late April : (3 votes)
    8 %
    Late May : (6 votes)
    16 %
    Early June : (9 votes)
    24 %
    Mid Juy : (9 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think that 2-3 months is probably enough.  If you go too early, you aren’t going to be able to get a place (because they aren’t going to hold an apartment for you from now until August and they can’t guarantee that one will be open then).

    Post # 4
    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I would start making a short list of places that you’d like to live based on internet searches, then plan for a trip to see places in more like June/July.  Most apartments have a 60 day notice so they won’t really know what they have available this early.

    Post # 5
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think a lot of places won’t let you reserve until 30 days prior to when you want to move there. I think maybe you could do a trip up in May or June and do some hardcore scoping. Let the apartment complexes know when you are planning to move in, and call them frequently to find out if they have any vacancies coming up that would meet your needs.

    Post # 6
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I don’t know how it is in that town, but I live in a college town and for the past three years have signed my August leases in late February/ early March.  In fact, last year I was asked if I was renewing my lease which ends in July 2010 in November 2009.  Things fill up really fast around here.  I would call a couple places and just ask generally when they start renting for August.  It’s different for every town.

    Post # 7
    2703 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    i might do some general internet researching right now, and then do your in-person visit in june… only go see the places that you’ve narrowed down fits your needs, and this way you can actually sign a lease for your aug timeframe 🙂

    Post # 8
    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

    It’s a college town and I guarantee they force the students to do 12 month leases, so a ton of properties will likely be opening at the end of August. I definitely think you’ll be able to sign a lease far in advance. I remember signing leases 6 months in advance in college.

    Post # 9
    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Around here, you can’t sign leases that early. We start looking about 3-4 months out, but don’t sign the lease until 1 1/2 – 2 months out. We’re in the middle of looking for a new place now! It’s so frustrating!

    Post # 10
    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @ribbons, thats true I didn’t think about that.  It depends if you’re going to be living in a “college” apartment though or something that is further from campus.

    Post # 12
    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’d start looking soon, because if New Haven is like Boston, the neighborhoods your going to want to live in is relatively close to campus and in a highly desired neighborhood, and highly in demand.  Might as well get a jump before other students invade New Haven during August.  There’s no harm in looking, good luck! 

    Post # 13
    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Since it’s a college town, there will be a lot of people looking to rent around the same time as you. I don’t think it would hurt to go there now, but you should still be fine if you wait another month, or even two. When I was in college there were always plenty of places to rent, whether I looked 9 months in advance or only a couple months in advance. When FH and I moved out of state we went apartment hunting about 2 months prior to moving, but we worked with a realtor who knew our timeline. We are moving again, back to our hometown, and weren’t planning to move until the beginning of the summer. We were in town about a month ago and went to look at some potential places but quickly realized we weren’t going to find anywhere that would wait for 3 months for us to move in! It was quick a shock realizing that apartments outside of the college bubble operate a lot differently than those inside the college bubble 🙂

    Post # 14
    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I know here in a college town people start leasing in February for August leases.  Places that fill up, usually fill up by May.  Summer time is when all the apartments that still have vacancy rush around and offer crazy deals to try to get people to sign with them. 

    Post # 15
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    If it’s a college town, start now! My fiance and I got our names on the waiting list for our new apartment (moving in August) about a month ago. They go pretty fast, and in college towns a lot of places will do pre-leasing!

    Post # 16
    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We are dealing with this kind of decision too. We’ll be moving at the end of July, and I feel like it is too soon to look for a place, because I can’t imagine a landlord would hold an apartment four whole months when they could put someone in it now. I think it really depends on what kind of place you are looking for. Apartment complexes with lots of units, especially those geared toward students, lease several months out. My roommates and I signed our lease for our college apartment in March for an August move-in. If its more like a rowhome or townhome, I would say its probably too early to pick a specific place. Still, you can scope out neighborhoods and the type of place you are looking for, and get a feel for what you can get for your money. Even if you find a place the landlord won’t hold for you, he might own another property that will be available when you need it. So basically, it can’t hurt!

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