As strong demand in Wagga’s rental property market continues in 2020, to secure your new home it is now more important than ever to prepare a winning application that stands out for all the right reasons. Are you wondering how you can get the edge over other prospective renters? Here are our top tips to help you navigate the rental application process, make a positive first impression and secure your preferred rental property.
Be Prepared with the Correct Documentation
The real estate agent should provide you with a list of documents that you require, but in most cases you’ll need:
· a completed application form
· previous rental history
· pet references if applicable
· pay slips or proof of employment
· photo identification
· a cover letter
Another way to make sure you’re prepared is to have bond money and a holding fee on-hand on the day of the inspection. Knowing that you can pay the bond immediately upon acceptance is a big tick in your favour. Make sure you have all documentation copied, certified if necessary, and organised into a folder that you can hand to the real estate agent on the day.
Make an Impression
When it comes to securing a rental, first impressions matter. You don’t need to dress in your formal wear, but it’s important to look presentable, and be polite and enthusiastic. This all shows you’re keen to secure the property and that you’re taking the application process seriously. Presenting yourself well can often be a good reflection on how well you will look after the property. Besides dressing the part, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself memorable. Introduce yourself to the real estate agent as there’s likely to be dozens of people attending the property inspection, you don’t want blend into the crowd. Don’t be pushy but engage the real estate agent with a question or two that will stand you apart from the masses and show your interest in the property.
Have Good References
Real estate agents, property managers and landlords want to know you’ll be a reliable tenant, and that you will pay your rent on time and treat the property as if it were your own. References that can verify this are crucial. Also ensure your references are readily available and notify your manager or human resources department so they are aware they will be required to verify your employment. Easily reachable and cooperative references will expedite the process and fast track your application.
Add A Personalised Cover Letter
A personalised cover letter is an excellent addition to your application and could be the added detail that puts you ahead of the competition. The cover letter should be professional but allow your personality to shine through. Write a few paragraphs about who you are, what you do, and the reasons you are interested in the property. Include a brief rundown of your rental history, an overview of the family or potential occupants and mention any special circumstances such as pets. Even if you’re applying for multiple properties, it’s a good idea to customise each cover letter to mention the features of the property that appealed to you and why you have chosen it as your future home.
If you’ve submitted an application and you haven’t heard anything after a few days, call or send a polite follow up email letting the real estate agent know you’re very interested in the property and that you’re happy to provide any additional information they might need. A pleasant message from you might be enough to get you over the line if it comes down to you and another candidate.
Applying for a new rental property can be an exciting time although sometimes stressful when competing with dozens of other renters. To secure the property you want, it’s important to make your application stand out for the right reasons.