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 renting.

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.

Monthly rent
What is your price range? We will help you determine if the asking price for each apartment is reasonable for its size and location.

Pet needs
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 owners.

Number of bedrooms

Also, consider the following:

  • Proximity to shopping and transportation
  • Closet space, and storage options
  • Quality of the Landlord
  • Maintenance staff
  • 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:

  • Driver's License
  • 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)

Clare Spartz
Clare Spartz
Broker + Home Stager
548 West Webster Ave Chicago IL 60614