What's the best way to secure an apartment in downtown Seattle, while I'm still in NYC?
January 31, 2012 10:00 AM Subscribe
I just got an offer from a company in Seattle (my top choice!) and am to start work on Feb. 27. I currently live in NYC. I've already got my plane ticket, and I leave on the 24th. What's the best way to secure an apartment in downtown Seattle, while I'm still in NYC?
As per company policy, there's no relocation assistance - they've been burned on that front in the past.
I don't want to suffer an interim period where I'm staying in hotels/hostels in Seattle while looking for a place there, because it'll be a drain on me financially. What I wish to do is secure a place in (downtown) Seattle while I'm still living in NYC. However, I'm worried about selection bias against me because I'm not currently based in the locale.
I'm using Craigslist Seattle to find available apartments. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I should present my agenda to the landlord/renter? Should I conceal the fact that I currently live in NYC? Should I be direct about it, and offer to send a copy of my offer of employment, which clearly states my more-than-sufficient starting salary?
Looking forward to living in Seattle, it sounds like the city of my dreams!