It may seem dubious, or even impossible to rent an apartment without first seeing it. (Our client Collin definitely didn’t think it was possible.) However, that is no longer the case. Save yourself time, stress, and money by renting an apartment before you move, sight unseen, with AptAmigo: an apartment rental concierge service.
It can take 30+ hours to scour rental websites, set up tours, review leases, and provide personal information for character and background checks.
It’s common for prospective tenants to pay large security deposits, just to take the property off the market. Some even fill out applications before seeing the rental in order to expedite the process. It can take 30+ hours to scour rental websites, set up tours, review leases, and provide personal information for character and background checks. This can be especially hard if you haven’t yet visited.
Perhaps you’ve set your sights on your new city, landed a job, and have even set a move-out date. But if you haven’t yet secured a place to live, rest assured: We’re here to tell you that it is totally possible to rent a place without first seeing it! Here’s how.
Choose Your Neighborhood
When moving to a city, it’s difficult to know which neighborhood you want to live in. Each has their own pulse and offers a unique facet of city life. Some are quiet, sleepy havens for newlyweds looking to start a family. Others hosts Friday night art walks amongst the brewery lined streets. Some are time capsules that stress preservation of original architecture.
An apartment may look great on the web page but might also be located above a karaoke bar that serves up dollar shots after midnight. In the same vein, a high-end, newly built apartment building boasts luxury at an affordable price but may be far away from daily amenities.
AptAmigo, takes the guesswork out of choosing an apartment in a neighborhood that fits your interests. Your apartment search begins through a conversation with an AptAmigo team member. They’ll learn a bit about your preferences and lifestyle and will hone in on the neighborhoods that best suit you!
If you’re looking to learn about more about the local scene, our Neighborhood Guides provide an authentic glimpse at each pocket of the cities they service. AptAmigo takes care to include every apartment’s designated neighborhood right on the front page of each rental – saving you the time and countless Google map searches.
Gather a List of Options
Touring an apartment provides a straightforward way of assessing the condition of the building, character of the property manager, and quality of the furnishings. This can get trickier when trying to interpret Craigslist ads that boast ‘industrial charm’ or ‘brand new’ appliances. While some properties include high-quality photos, they can distort the space and showcase items not include in the price of the rent.
We have the most accurate info available for each apartment on our site, including year built, amenities, and walking distance to the nearest grocery stores. We also highlight current deals that apartments are offering for potential renters.
Instead of scrolling through blurry photos, let AptAmigo help you by touring the properties you love personally. We’ll take photos and narrate videos, so you can feel like you’re actually there.
We’ll gather information about your personal preferences, budget, and desired location. Your personal rep. will wade through the clutter of apartment rental advertisements and curate a personalized list of potential homes just for you. AptAmigo knows every building in town, inside and out so you can rest assured we’ll know which places you’ll love ,and which ones you won’t.
Sign a lease!
You’ve found your apartment, passed the screenings, and are set to transfer deposits. How can you trust the entity you are about to electronically transfer a large lump sum to? The short answer is – you can’t. However, there is hope and there’s a safe alternative to landing a place, sight unseen. CALL APTAMIGO!
It’s the only way to rent an apartment without seeing it: we know the buildings, we’ll send you a list, you choose your favorites, we tour it for you and record videos; We send you the videos, and you can be confident in your decision!
Moving to a new city is both daunting and thrilling. A new world of possibilities is about to open up, but in order to jump in, you’ll need a place to call home. Let AptAmigo take the stress and guesswork away from renting an apartment, sight unseen. That way, you can say goodbye to old friends, move to your new home, unpack, and let the adventures begin.
Here’s how we helped our Chicago client Collin achieve the impossible and relocate just 7 days after he learned he was moving.
Collin Found out on a Tuesday that he would be moving to Chicago the following week. With no time to prepare, no budget for visiting, and no idea where to start, a friend suggested AptAmigo.
During the first phone call with AptAmigo, Zack walked through Collin’s requirements, preferences, and past concerns, taking detailed notes. Then, he sent over a list of apartments that perfectly fit the bill and Collin narrowed it down to a shortlist.
Collin got to work packing and preparing for his move.
Behind the scenes, the operations team was scheduling a full day of tours with each building. Because they had insider relationships, they were able to secure the last-minute viewings.
We call these “sight unseen” tours. Because sometimes it’s just not possible for you to visit before your move. In these cases, we’ll send a team member to each building on your behalf to take videos, pictures, and walk you through a virtual tour of each potential apartment!
In less than a week (and from a completely different city) Collin had his dream apartment locked down.
Here’s everything Collin had to say about this “Mission (Im)Possible:”
“I had a little less than a week to sort out a place to live before starting a new job in a whole new state/city.Collin M.
I made contact on a Friday with Zack and within 30-45 minutes he had 8 tours setup sight unseen for me.
The team viewed all the places for me by end of day Sunday, 8 different places in different neighborhoods through Chicago.
They were able to send me videos and details of each place highlighting the pros and cons of each unit (which was 99% pros as all the places they suggested were very nice and were well within my budget).
By Monday I selected a place and Zack pushed to get me sorted ASAP as he knew I needed a place locked down by Thursday (my move day).
Being in an entirely different state made things seem impossible for me but Zack got me squared away, and by Tuesday I had a place locked in.
The team was unbelievably helpful and just all around friendly. I would highly suggest them to anyone needing help moving into Chicago from out of state.
I know my next move within the city will be with the help of AptAmigo
A+ in my book.”
AptAmigo Client, 2019
Now that you know how easy it is to rent sight-unseen, check out a few of our hottest buildings below!
- We’re loving The Quincy in downtown Denver!
- Currently starting around $1,880, but subject to change
- Brand new building with a stunning infinity edge pool and amazing staff
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- Moment in Chicago is luxury living done right
- Currently starting around $1,880, but subject to change
- Spectacular city views and floor-to-ceiling windows make this building a crowd favorite.
- Act fast! This is one of our hottest buildings so units don’t stay online for long!
- See more from Moment
- The Grand in Denver is one of our hottest buildings in LoDo right now!
- Floor-to-ceiling views of the mountains make this building a total showstopper.
- Concessions and deals are common, but vary. So check in with the team to see what you can save!
- Prices will fluctuate but start around $1,750
- See more from The Grand