Silicon Valley apartment hunting
September 9, 2012 10:02 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for an apartment in Mountain View. Any tips or tricks?
I'm a young male programmer looking for a new place, probably to live alone. I'm fairly content with my housemates now, but I'd prefer to be by myself and I want to see if I can find something nicer and/or cheaper. (So I'm not desperate and there's no rush.)
Being fairly new to apartment hunting, I wonder -- are there any useful strategies that aren't obvious? Right now, my repertoire is something like:
- Subscribe to Craigslist RSS feeds for the apartment classifieds searches I want
- Call or drive there ASAP when I find something appealing
- Be nice to landlord, apply, offer to pay rent in advance if I really like it (I have cash to spare, so this is an easy trick)
I am boring, quiet, clean, and pay rent on time, so in theory I am a desirable tenant; are there any other ways to provide convincing evidence of that? Are there enough apartments not on Craigslist that I should search in some other media, too? Are there questions I should make sure to ask about the apartment that will help inform my decision? Tell me everything!