How can you get your hands on a great rental home in two weeks or less? It’s a true challenge, especially in a city like Amsterdam, but it can be done. You just need a well thought through system. Follow these steps and you’ll find a rental very fast.
Tip 1: Set realistic criteria for your rental
Make sure you strip down your criteria to the absolute must haves. Remove your “nice to haves” from the search. And make sure that your budget fits the price range of the neighborhoods that you’re interested in. A two bedroom apartment in the city center under a € 1000,- unfortunately is too good to be true.
Tip 2: Create a list of sources
The best apartment finder?
Only checking big wales like Funda and Pararius won’t work. The competition is simply too high. Add smaller websites like Actys or Domica to your list. To give you an example, in addition to our own platform, we use about twenty more housing websites for our customers. Make sure you watch out for scams. Sites that don’t have clear Terms and Conditions or don’t have a refund policy can often not be trusted.
Tip 3: Check your sources frequently
Use email alerts when offered, but don’t rely on them too much. Most companies send out an email once a day, the chance that you’re too late by the time you get it, is very likely. Also, new property is added all day long, so check your sources many times a day.
Checking websites 10x a day…
Who has time for that?
Tip 4: Clear your schedule
Checking websites, and applying for rentals takes time. Combining that with attending viewings, quickly makes you realize that it works best to take a week off, just to search for rentals. Some of our customers kept responding to other properties while going to viewings, they found a house in a couple of days.
Tip 5: Evaluate and adapt
Didn’t find interesting rentals in the first week? Try including more areas or up your budget a bit. Don’t forget to reflect those changes in the email reminders you set on all your sources.
So what does RentSlam do?
To be honest it drove us crazy to go through all these steps to find a rental. That’s why we started RentSlam. Our service sends you an email immediately every time a house shows up that fits your criteria. We only work with reliable websites, so you don’t have to worry about scams. And it saves you tons of time, because you no longer have to manually check all these websites ten times a day. Last month 78% of our customers found a rental with us. You can use the service for as little as € 24,00, and if you’re not happy we’ll always give you a refund.