Use an apartment service or search on your own?

It takes a lot of time to find the right Chicago apartment rental. There are a lot of factors to consider when looking for a place such as price, location and safety, but finding the right apartment can become a hassle when most of your time in a day goes to work, school or your social life. If you're debating whether or not you should use an apartment finding service or look for apartments on your own, below are the pros and cons to each option.

Apartment Service Pros

Real Estate Experts -- An apartment finding service will know all the different areas in the city. So if you're looking for something in particular, a good company will have agents who know all about the neighborhood you want to move to. They'll have information regarding the safety of the neighborhood, distance to public transportation, commuting times and more.

Good Matches -- Although you may not get everything you're looking for in an apartment rental, an apartment finding service will ideally get as close as possible to helping you find what you're looking for based on your wants and needs. If you're in a specific price range, need a covered parking spot, want laundry in unit, etc., an apartment service will work to find rentals that come close to meeting all of your requirements. Plus, an apartment finding service will look for places based on your credit/financial situation and won't waste time looking for places that require more than you have since most landlords or management companies have certain financial standards that must be met.

Scheduling -- Once an apartment service finds places you like, an agent will deal with the hassle of scheduling appointments. He or she will take the time to arrange viewings according to your schedule so visits are efficiently planned and timed well.

Apartment Service Cons

Price -- If you want a service provided, you'll usually have to pay for it. There are free apartment services in Chicago to check out like us, but if you looked on your own you know it would definitely be free.

Quality -- Since agents at an apartment service work on commission, there's a chance they may steer you to more expensive buildings to get a higher payment depending on who you work with. Also agents who aren't as invested in their job (part-time agents, for example) may not provide a good service to finding the best apartments for you.

Do It Yourself Pros

Save Money -- When you look on your own, it's free and you don't have to worry about paying for a company's services or any other fees potentially associated with an apartment service.

Internet -- The internet and technology these days along with many apartment finding services providing free rental searches online make apartment hunting easier than ever before.

Do It Yourself Cons

Second Job -- Researching apartment rentals takes a lot of time, and scheduling visits to each place and getting to each place can take even longer when you're on your own, especially if you're on a time crunch to move. You'll also have to do the follow up with landlords on places you're interested in and application rejections.

There are pros and cons to each side and it's ultimately your choice, but if you're looking to find an apartment fast and don't want to deal with the time consuming process of searching and scheduling places to visit, an apartment finding service is the way to go. Happy apartment hunting! 

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