House Rental Search 2019

House Search

I currently live in a 2-bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome in Dallas, Texas.  For various reasons, my kids and I have decided to try and find a house to rent together.  In this search, I have discovered a few things that annoy me about the house search process.  I’d like to share them with you here.

First, I would like to state that we are mostly using a website called Trulia.  We actually really like this site in comparison to many other sites that we could be using.  Here’s a list of the reasons why:

  1. Trulia allows you to view the home’s area’s crime rate, which is really cool so you don’t accidentally get stuck in a high crime area.Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 9.31.58 AM
  2. It also allows provides you with a link to Google’s Street View so you can take a physical look at the neighborhood without ever leaving your computer screen.Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 9.34.18 AM
  3. You can also see photos of the home, amenities, square footage as well as how many days a home has been listed on Trulia.

All this is truly great and I highly recommend using this site for your next home search (works for rentals as well as purchasing a home).

What annoys me about many of the listings is the following:

  1. All listings should include: List of appliances that are provided, list of utility companies that you can use, average cost of utilities based on previous homeowner’s/renters, how many pets are allowed if any, what is the pet rent for each pet, what is the pet deposit for each pet, what types of pets are allowed.
  2. The listings should also include the name of the agent, the name of the management company if applicable, the hours of operation for said agent/management company and a link to the applicable website for said agent/management company.
  3. All listings should also include information about the application process (i.e., cost, length of time the application can take to be accepted, what is expected in detail after acceptance, etc.).

All these things would make finding a home to rent/buy much easier without wasting anyone’s valuable time.


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