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Moving is already stressful, but moving out-of-state brings your stress level to an all new high. As you’re looking for a new place to rent, here are some great tips to help streamline the process.

Take advantage of online rental sites.

Nowadays, most rental properties have to be on renting sites like rent.com, apartments.com, apartmentguide.com, apartmentfinder.com, etc. to find potential renters. Luckily, this makes it easy for out-of-state renters to do some initial research on where they want to live. If you have additional questions about a property, it’s easy enough to send them a message through the rental site or find another way to contact them on their website.

Visit the area in person.

The best way to get a feel of your new home and the different cities around it is to go there yourself. After doing your research, you should try to set up as many tours as possible while you’re visiting. If you can, find some time in between each tour to drive around the area. Then you can get a feel of the neighborhood, see what stores and restaurants are nearby, and any other needs you look for in the place you live. If you want to officially lease an apartment during this trip, then make sure you bring along documentation like an ID, bank statements, recent pay stub or letter from your employer, and your checkbook.

Ask about online renting features.

Even if you can’t make it for an in-person tour, some properties are now offering virtual tours. Either way, you want to make sure they have online features to make the process easier for you. Check out their website to see if they have an online application and a resident portal. If your application is accepted, then you can continue to go paperless with your rental payments.

Use your personal resources.

If you’re moving for a job or know some people in the area, reach out to coworkers, friends, or family to get their opinion on which neighborhood you should live in. If you aren’t able to make a personal trip, then maybe they could visit the properties for you and take videos.

Use Google maps.

If you have specific preferences on grocery stores, retailers, restaurants, etc., then Google maps is the best way to search around the potential apartment property. You should also map a route between your workplace and apartment; customize the time to be around your morning and evening commute. Are there multiple routes you can take in case of traffic or an accident?

With the right research, finding a new apartment out-of-state will be a little less stressful. If you’re moving to the Twin Cities, we have nine rental properties located around the metro. Check out our property pages to learn more and contact us for additional questions. Tycon Companies wants you to Love Where You Live.