If you or a loved one are enlisted in the military, you probably have a pretty good idea of how difficult it is to move from rental to rental. For this episode of Rent Matters, our host Jonas Bordo spoke to Hillary about her experiences renting as a military spouse. Frequently moving at the drop of a hat is no easy feat, least of all during COVID, so we were overjoyed to learn rental search tips from a seasoned renter. We’ve shared some of the highlights from our tenth episode of Rent Matters right here in this blog post, but to get Hillary’s full advice you’ll have to listen for yourself.
There’s No Time to Waste
In the military, it is not uncommon to be notified that you need to move only a month or even weeks in advance. This becomes even more stressful given there is little certainty about where you are relocating. Sometimes location changes can happen when you are already packed up and in the airport. For Hillary and her husband, it is essential that they are able to find a new home as quickly as possible, regardless of where they end up.
Unlike any other rental listing site, Dwellsy has over 10million apartment listings across the nation. Dwellsy also provides genuinely organic search results. This is important for renters looking to find a new home relatively quickly, because all of the rentals you see are tailored to your needs and not those of property managers paying extra to boost their listings. This makes it far more likely that you will find a rental that suits you sooner rather than later.
Hillary shared that it was easier for her and her husband to find homes when it was just the two of them. Now, with a child and a dog, they have to be more specific about the rental qualities they’re looking to have. It is important that they have a child-friendly space and a yard for their pup. With extra residents to take into account, it becomes far more risky to rent an apartment without getting a full idea of what it’s like in-person.
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Hillary’s Advice: Avoid Renting Without Viewing the Property In-Person
Technology has come a long way since the introduction of online home rental listings. However, nothing catch match the experience of viewing a prospective home in-person. Although, virtual home tours can be very helpful, they do not give you a holistic representation of what it may be like to rent in that space. Viewing in-person gives you the opportunity to really envision yourself in the space. In Hillary’s words, a video tour won’t inform you if there’s a loud highway nearby or loud neighbors.
It is not always possible to go visit prospective rentals, especially if you are in the military. Her advice: if you cannot view a rental in-person, send someone who can, ideally someone who understands what your wants and expectations are. That way you have the opinion of an individual you trust.
About Rent Matters
When Dwellsy CEO Jonas Bordo set out to make an original podcast, he knew he wanted to create a platform that renters could use to elevate their voices and listen to first-hand stories from other renters like themselves. With that goal in mind, he created Rent Matters, a podcast sponsored by Dwellsy.
Meet our host
Jonas is the CEO & Co-Founder of Dwellsy, the largest rentals marketplace in the United States. Jonas is a lifelong advocate for renters and co-founded Dwellsy to create a destination that truly supports renters in their search for a new place and at all other times.
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