I am starting to have more and more calls recently from people needing apartments this summer. Below is an article I wrote several years ago that many people found helpful.
How to find an apartment in Evansville
I have so many nice people coming into my office looking for apartments this time of year. Unfortunately, this time of year is good for Landlords, but tough for prospective Tenants. There seems to be a surplus of Tenants from May to September. Then it is just the opposite from October to April. For those of you wanting to find that perfect West Side apartment here are a few tips.
Plan early. Most Landlords have an idea of what availability they will have 30 – 45 day in advance. If you are wanting to move from May to September, find the perfect apartment complex, fill out an application and get approved. Most landlords will then put you on a waiting list and call you as soon as they have something. I would recommend doing that at least 2-4 months in advance to insure you get into the desired location.
Pre-Lease- Most places will let you pre-lease, to guarantee availability. If you don’t do this, it will greatly reduce you chances of finding a nice place
Talk to current tenants, drive through the parking lot late at night. See if it has enough lighting in the parking areas.
Check out the neighborhood at www.familywatchdog.com or the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s web site.
Check the apartment complex out online at www.apartmentratings.com. Keep in mind that these reviews are sometime over critical, however, it is still a good idea to check it out.
It seems that one of the more popular ways to advertise is Craigslist. It is free to advertise. For the folks with nice places that are affordable, they don’t need to spend big bucks on fancy advertisements. Not many people use the newspaper any more.
Hopefully these few tips will help make your search a little bit easier.