COVID-19 has changed the way that almost everyone lives their lives. We’re much more isolated now, connecting via video conferences from our own homes and keeping trips outside to a minimum until the vaccines fully make the rounds. But that can be a challenge when you find yourself in need of a new apartment or even a move to a new city. Apartment hunting in the midst of COVID-19 is likely very different from apartment hunting before, but it can still be possible, with the right adjustments.
While you might typically make an appointment at a particular property management company and ask to see their available listings, now it’s much safer and easier to social distance if you check for apartment listings online, using resources like Zillow, Apartments.com, or Trulia. If you have your heart set on a particular complex or property management company, you may also be able to check their website for available listings, as well as floor plans.
Virtual Tours Instead of Physical Tours
In the past, though virtual tours existed, it was far preferable to take a physical tour of the apartment before moving in. Now, virtual tours are more the norm, and thus more extensive. Virtual tours require appointments to be set up, in which someone from the property management team will take you through the apartment by video. You can then ask any questions like you might with a physical tour. This is considered a “live tour.” There are also VR virtual tours, or a selection of photos that allow you to view the apartment from a 3D perspective. If you can take a physical tour, make sure you wear a mask.
Rental Scams During the Pandemic
Because of the lack of physical tours in the midst of the pandemic, there have unfortunately been rental scams cropping up. These scams may insist on a deposit early on and then make off with your money. Do your research on any property management company you choose to work with. You should also be wary of anyone who refuses to show you the property, even virtually, who asks for financial information, or who asks for a wire transfer or cash payments. If you get the feeling that they’re attempting to rush you through the process of signing with them, that could be another sign of a rental scam.
Looking for an apartment in the midst of COVID-19 is difficult, to be sure, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. It helps to think about where you want to live — not just for the pandemic, but in the long run — and do your research. La Corona Del Mar offers beautiful apartments in San Pedro, with pet friendly guidelines and a convenient location to all the amenities you need. Contact us today to learn more about our available apartments.