Finding an apartment can be a grueling experience. You can sit in front of your computer for hours, read the paper classifieds first thing every morning, and still end up with no apartment of your liking. Apartment hunting, truth be told, is no walk in the park.
So how does one make it easy to search for an apartment on the internet? Same way you make it easy to find an apartment in real life – knowing where to find what you’re looking for. Even on the internet, if you have no idea where to look, you won’t find what you’re searching for.
Here are some tips to help make apartment hunting on the internet much easier:
1. Classified sites like Craigslist are Man’s best friend
Craigslist doesn’t have everything, sure, but it does have a lot of things, a lot of cities under its belt. If you live in one of those cities featured on Craigslist, you’re lucky. You should make Craigslist your first stop when it comes to apartment hunting online.
Craigslist is a classifieds websites that features apartment rentals and allows the user, you, to subscribe to RSS feeds. This means you can keep track of a large amount of related searches and view them all through your RSS reader.
Try it. You will be amazed.
2. Keep an eye out for several search terms
Don’t be stingy when it comes to monitoring multiple search terms. For example, I once had a friend who was tracking more than 30 different feeds when he was on the lookout for an apartment in New York City. Take this as hard advice: go nuts on search terms.
The secret is to know exactly where you want to live. Then search for keywords right down to the name of the streets and alleys so you won’t miss anything. Use an RSS aggregator service like FeedBlendr to manage your feeds.
3. Use your mobile phone to your advantage
The internet is no longer limited to the personal computer these days. Even mobile phones can connect to the internet, and this proves to be another opening to your quest in search of your dream apartment.
For example, if you’re going on a road trip or a long vacation and you won’t have access to a PC, you can still use your mobile phone to check your RSS feeds or even manually browse the internet for potential openings.
The quicker you know the information, the better your chances are at scoring the apartment you like.
The internet is right there at your fingertips. Use it to your advantage when searching for your dream apartment.