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Advice for Renters
The Chicago area provides a wide range of housing options. If now is
not the right time for you to buy a home, there are many options for
Once we know what you are looking for in an apartment we will
go to work to find the perfect home for you. We have the experience to
educate you on the advantages of living in each area.
When viewing rental properties, be sure to dress in a business
casual fashion. In many ways, this will be an interview. The landlord is
looking for the very best tenant for their rental. It is important to
make a good first impression.
Once you find the home you want to rent, you will be expected
to fill out a rental application form and submit a check for a credit
report and the first month's rent.
First Step: Choose Your Preferences
Age of the rental
Are you looking for a new building? Something with a vintage appeal?
Type of building
Would you prefer a high rise? A mid-rise? A townhouse?
We will give you a run down of possible neighborhoods to help you decide which area would be best for you.
What is your price range? We will help you determine if the asking
price for each apartment is reasonable for its size and location.
Pets will decrease your renting options. If you have a pet, you
should expect to pay a higher monthly rent and security deposit. In
addition, the options for dog owners are much less than those for cat
Number of bedrooms
Also, consider the following:
Proximity to shopping and transportation
Closet space, and storage options
Quality of the Landlord
Amenities - Laundry, exercise room, pool, balconies
Security of the building - Does the apartment have a doorman? A buzzer system?
Gather the following documentation before looking at properties:
Social Security number
Job history including addresses and phone number of immediate supervisor, and yearly income
Rental history (including addresses and landlord's phone
number, and duration stay, 3 personal and 3 professional references,
credit card and loan information)