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What to bring (and not bring) on an apartment tour

You’ve spent weeks, maybe even months searching for your next apartment, and now you’ve narrowed down your top choices. Once appointments have been made, here’s what to bring to make the tours go smoothly.

1. ID: Most professionally managed property management companies require some form of identification- driver’s license, school ID, passport, etc.-to tour the community.

2. Proof of income: Bring your most recent pay stubs, current tax return if self-employed, or financial aid award letter. A job offer letter works as well for those coming from out of town. This information will help speed up the application and approval process.

3. Checkbook: You don’t want to lose your dream apartment do you? By bringing your checkbook, you’re showing the rental agent, or landlord, that you’re serious and prepared to reserve an apartment. This is especially important as the rental market is still strong in the Philadelphia area and you could find yourself competing with several others for the same fabulous one bedroom with the view of Center City.

*Note* You typically have 72 hours after paying the reservation fee to change your mind.

What NOT to Bring

1. An entourage: It’s great to bring along friends and family to help your search. After all, rent is one of the biggest items in your budget, but don’t bring too many people, or the leasing agent has less time to focus on you, the renter. One or two people are fine though.

2. Small children: While your children may be adorable, they can also be a distraction on a tour.

In short, bring ID, pay stubs, and your checkbook. Don’t bring a 10 person entourage,

Happy apartment hunting!