I don't know if you've looked outside recently, but if you haven't noticed, Spring is coming! And you know what that means, Summer is coming! And you know what that means, moving time is coming. Great.
The stress of switching apartments is unreal. There are so many things to consider when you're uprooting your life. And of course, everyone wants to get the best deal.
In my mind, you can never really be too prepared. So, how do you get the best possible apartment at the best price? Research, research, research.
It's as simple as that, you need to compare and contrast. And lucky for you, there's more than one place to do that that is sure to guarantee you results. Your criteria aren't too extensive, trust me. You deserve what you want. You will be living there after all.
Here are 8 sites you definitely need to check out before choosing your next apartment:
This is personally my favorite site to use. It's just so damn user-friendly. The last thing you need to deal with when you're already stressed is an over-complicated website. PadMapper lets you put all kind of filters and will show you a map of exactly where the apartment is located. So, you can even search by location rather than price.
Thanks to their superabundant filters, you can be sure that the listings you're checking out have what you need. Whether you're in the market for a place close to a metro station, a grocery store, a school, they've got your back.
Yeah, that's right, you can actually find apartment listing on YouTube. Just write "Montreal apartment for rent" into the search bar and refine your search to the last week. This way is a little out of the ordinary, but you'll get a virtual tour at the same time. So why not?! You can never check too many places.
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The good thing about this site is that you can actually sign in as a "renter" and the site itself will help you to find an apartment that works best for you. They've got a lot of great, clean listings here. On top of that, the website offers guided visits.
Another great option to help you find the best possible apartment is LesPac. They even give you the option to find a roommate through the website. They make apartment searching easy, so they should definitely be a go-to during your research process.
With new apartments coming up every day, you really can't ignore good ol' Kijiji and Craigslist. Their names are known for a reason: they've got the listings. Pure and simple, this is where people go to sell and buy, so you are sure to find what you want. And yes, they've got more than just really weird ads. I know tons of people who have found the apartment of their dreams on Craigslist and Kijiji, so don't judge it too fast.
The great thing about this site is that it lets you check out more than just the apartment. It lets you take a little tour of the entire block. When you're getting a new apartment, it's kind of implied that you're not going to be spending the ENTIRE time in your room. You'll probably go outside at some point.
Contrary to what you may think, this site isn't just for realtors and people selling apartments. It's also super useful for those of us who are looking to rent an apartment. So check it out!