Trust The Process: Finding an apartment in times of COVID

August 3, 2020 by Ted Bauer

Unfortunately, COVID does not seem to be going away anytime soon. It's a weird time to be living and working day-to-day, for sure, and it's also a weird time in the world of renting and buying. 

Luckily, on the rental front, most complexes have adapted with virtual tours, self-guided tours, YouTube videos galore, etc. They will offer options on moving, and moving companies have protections (and masks) in place. We can tell you, anecdotally and based on reported numbers, that people are moving again. It's a complicated picture with a lot of different things happening, including:

  • Some people moving to the suburbs or more rural areas, if they can swing it.
  • Some people looking at houses now, perhaps before they intended to.
  • Some people staying in their complex even though they don't love it.
  • Some people moving complexes to a place with more distance and space. 
  • Some people wondering what exactly to do.

Each situation is completely different and based on where you're at with life goals, finances, need for proximity to someone or something (work, relationship, family), and more. More good news: you can get yourself an apartment if you've been furloughed or laid off. It's harder, yes, but it's doable.

The core things to know and consider

We put together an article a while back on what to know if you haven't rented in a while,  and some of the links therein will help you out with an overview of the process of finding an apartment these days. To wit:

Now, we also regularly try to put together "deal" type posts that help you focus your search on certain areas. Among those right now:

So how does one work with a locator service?

The path to working with a locator is here.

Basically, you design a search. We help you out. You tell the complex that we helped you out. You get paid. It's actually pretty seamless. 

A note on finances and fear during COVID

We have heard from clients recently that they're nervous about reporting certain things because they got furloughed or laid off -- well, we addressed that above, and there are ways to get an apartment if that's your current economic condition. If you have questions or concerns, let us know. We will help.

Beyond that, though, just be aware that apartment complexes are big operations with overlords of their own, and they have ways to find correct information on you, your rental history, your credit score, etc. None of these elements are automatically going to be a complete knockout of you, but misreporting them doesn't help the process either. That's actually a compelling case for working with a locator service (sometimes called a "broker") because we know complexes, we work often with complexes, we have connections and professional respect with complexes, and we can sometimes help you navigate the uncertain elements of all this.

And obviously right now there's a lot that's uncertain. 

So check out some of the above process links and let us know if you have any questions or areas you want to take a gander at. 


About the Author

Ted Bauer

Ted Bauer is a writer/editor for White Rock Locators focused on as much cool content about the DFW Metroplex rental scene as he can possibly find week-to-week.