As many of my readers know, I have relocated with my family six times in the last 19 years due to Hubby’s job. Here’s the thing about corporate relocations…they happen at warp speed. Translation: Your start date in the new area is in two weeks. Get there. That speedy process does not allow for finding a house on the market in an unknown area, closing on it, and moving into it promptly. I learned very quickly that the rental option was the best one for my family. I have been very instrumental in getting us to our next home destination by doing lots of research. Here are some tips on how you can find your next home rental.
Consider Apartment Living
Many adults with children do not want to even think about renting an apartment. Especially if they are currently living in a house. I was one of those people when I was faced with an imminent move. After bringing our newborn home to a three-bedroom house with a fully finished basement, the thought of downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment was not appealing to me. However, I didn’t have a lot of time to stress over it. So I made it work after finding a nice, gated apartment complex.
The benefits to living in an apartment:
- Some utilities are covered by the property management
- No lawn to maintain
- Various lease options
- In-unit appliances that may include a washer and dryer
- Household repairs are handled by property maintenance technicians
- Storage units available on-site
- Amenities such as swimming pool, exercise facility, business center
Before you make the change to apartment living, read my post on Tips for Switching to a Minimalist Lifestyle.
Acknowledge All Parties
After living in that two-bedroom apartment for a year and a half, we were fortunate enough to move into a beautiful four-bedroom home. We lived there for seven years before Hubby’s job relocated us again. The stakes were higher that time around though. By then, our newborn was an active 9-year-old in the 4th Grade with plenty of friends.
I began my online research and was amazed to see how many homes were listed on the rental sites. It had never occurred to me to rent a home. Another factor for us was a new employment agreement stating we would be willing to relocate again in approximately two years. However, the biggest priority was finding a rental home in the best school district for our son.
Thankfully, we signed a two-year lease on a rental home that was actually larger than our last home. The homeowners lived overseas and used a local property management company to be their liaison. They had no immediate plans to move back to the U.S., so it was a perfect solution to our housing situation. With plenty of storage space, friendly neighbors, and a top-rated school in our midst, I was thrilled. About a year and a half later, like clockwork, another relocation was in the works for us.
Prepare to Embrace Change
My family’s most recent relocation was to the Kansas City area. Unlike our previous moves, we did not know a soul in our newest city. The warp-speed time factor began rearing its ugly head, and due to the 850-mile distance, Hubby had to do most of the in-person legwork alone. Recent data by Zumper shows 45% of housing units are renter-occupied in Kansas City. Therefore, we had a lot to choose from, fortunately.
Zumper is a rental platform that is used by millions of people like us to find houses, rooms, condos, or apartments for rent. You are able to apply for rentals online including having your credit checked. Because the inventory is updated in real-time, you can see all that your desired location has to offer. Filter rental options by location, price, number of bedrooms, and more.