Moving can be such a pain sometimes. When I moved out of my apartment earlier this year, I was reminded just how grueling this process can be.
Whether you’re looking for a new apartment to rent or home to buy, you know that location, location, location is key. During my move, I found some helpful websites that made my new apartment search and decision making process a little easier.
Are you paying too much for rent? Let Rentometer tell you if the rent you’ll be paying is high, fair, or below market rates. Find out how your rental compares to other local properties in the area. This might also be a great negotiation tool to have in your back pocket when you negotiate the final terms of your lease.
Sure you already know about Craigslist and how it can give you access to lots of vacancies in your desired neighborhood, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could see the listings visually on a map? This is what PadMapper has done. Enter a city, address or zip code and they serve up listings in that area. The listings show up as pin points on the map complete with additional information and photos. This tool is really helpful if you want to see what else is available in a particular area.
Okay, say you think you found a really great apartment to take a look at this weekend. Grab the zip code and enter it into ZipSkinny. What you’ll get back is lots of interesting statistical data about the area. ZipSkinny provides information about what schools are in the area, how much money people make, average education of it’s residents, demographic makeup, etc. Get the skinny on the zip code before making your final decision.
Every neighborhood is different and offers varying conveniences (restaurants, grocery stores, public transportation, bars, coffee shops, movie theaters, etc.) that make living there that much better. What WalkScore does is tell you how walkable your new residence will be by giving you a score. To really get a good idea of a neighborhood, you must walk it and WalkScore does the work for you.