Tips for Apartment Hunting in Chicago

  • It's a messy world out there with apartment rental advertisements. Tread carefully.

  • Don't listen to agents who say there is nothing available. There is always something available.

  • Be flexible on your move date and neighborhood if you can. It may save your search!

  • Craigslist is full of spam. So are several other websites. It's the fact of the matter. However, you can still find gems!

  • Bring checks with you as well as proof of income. You don't need pay stubs, but an offer letter is needed.

  • Make sure your credit is in check. You may need to bring up your score to get approved for an apartment.

  • No place is perfect. Know what are must haves in a place apart from nice-to-haves.

  • Drive around neighborhoods before applying for a place. It'll give you a good idea if it's the right fit for your lifestyle.

  • Have an experienced agent help you search. More than likely, you won't have to pay that agent.

This checklist was created by andrewhasdal

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