Curb Appeal Basics

When I decided that I was going to put my house on the market, I knew that I would have to do some renovating first. The house was a good, solid structure, but I hadn’t kept up the outside of it as well as my husband did before he passed away. I knew that I would need curb appeal if I wanted the place to sell quickly. I had my yard landscaped, my home exterior repainted, and my driveway replaced before putting the home on the market. It cost me a bit of money, but it was worth it – the house sold quickly and I was able to move into my brand new condo – much less maintenance work for me. I started this blog about curb appeal, to help others learn how to move their homes quickly too.

Finding An Apartment Without The Internet

Real Estate Blog

Most people take the convenience provided by the Internet for granted. Answers to questions, products to be purchased, and even new friends can all be found online. Many people know that when you are looking for an apartment to rent, the Internet can be a great resource. But what happens if you live in a community where few landlords post their listings online?

Here are three resources you can turn to for help finding a new apartment when you can't find many listings online.

1. Talk to your local postal worker.

Even the smallest communities have to receive mail, and postal workers are responsible for traveling rural routes to deliver mail items. Since these workers cover a significant amount of ground each day, they can serve as valuable resources when it comes to finding a new apartment to rent.

Take the time to determine when your postal worker delivers mail to you. Plan to be home around this time, and ask if the postal worker has seen any signs posted in your area. Since their mail route may take them into parts of your area that you don't normally travel, you will be able to find out about properties that you might not otherwise discover when you ask a postal worker for help.

2. Visit the local gas station.

In small communities, people tend to congregate in certain locations. Since everyone needs to put gas in their vehicles on a regular basis, gas stations can become a gathering place for locals to socialize with one another.

You can take advantage of this need to socialize by visiting the gas station and asking the locals for advice on apartment rentals. If no one has any leads on new apartments for rent, they may be able to direct you to other individuals within the community that will have more information.

3. Talk to a real estate agent.

Most people don't think to speak to a real estate agent when renting a property, but these professionals can harbor valuable information when it comes to apartments for rent in Halifax and other communities.

Real estate agents often know who owns rental properties within the community, and they can place a few calls on your behalf to find out about upcoming apartment availability. Don't just view real estate agents as people who can help you buy a property; these professionals can help you find unlisted rental units to inhabit as well.

You might feel like finding an apartment in an area where landlords don't list online can be impossible. Taking the time to talk to your local postman, visit local hangouts (like the gas station), and work with a real estate agent will help you locate a suitable property without relying on the Internet.


16 July 2015