Applying for rental properties can be quite time consuming. There are inspections to attend, application forms to fill and documents to submit. Combine it with your normal routine and you get an additional set of tasks that simply makes your life more stressful.
Is there a way out? Fortunately, yes - being organized and prepared can save a lot of time and eliminate unnecessary trips the real estate agency.
Everything begins with a rental property application. Even though each agency has its own form, the information they all require is essentially the same. Once you have filled an application form for the first time, photocopy it and keep handy when inspecting rental properties.
One thing you shouldn't save time on is the inspection. Some people are trying to apply for as many properties as possible without inspecting them first, with the reason being "why bother inspecting a house I may not get". Not only this is a bad idea - but also is an illegal one, as no one is allowed to submit a rental application for a house they haven't personally inspected.
A smart and time saving way of applying would be during the inspection. Normally, the real estate agent will be handing out application forms while conducting the inspection and if you arrive early there is plenty of time for you to quickly fill all the information in, copying it from the pre-filled form you have prepared.
People who are even more organized will visit real estate agency website in advance, download, print and fill their specific rental application form to have it ready for the inspection.
Another great way to save time is to have all the required supporting documents handy. Again, every agency has its own list, but there's no going wrong if you have a copy of all the documents listed below. Photocopy these in advance and prepare a number of sets to take with you to all the inspections - so that nothing stops you from applying on the spot.
• Drivers License / Passport / Birth Certificate
• Current Wage Advice (proof of income)
• Previous tenancy reference
• Previous 3-4 rent receipts
• Motor vehicle registration certificate
• Bank Statement showing balance
• Telephone bill in your name
• Electricity bill in your name
• Gas bill in your name