How consumers search for a place to live is changing rapidly.
As is the level of satisfaction they receive from it. According to a new survey completed recently with Minneapolis-St.Paul metro area apartment renters, 90% of apartment hunters start their search by visiting a rental search website, like Minneapolis based RENT411.com, and 62% of them also consult a rental magazine.
Old favorites such as driving around, asking for recommendations from friends and family, or even taking a look at the newspaper have become much less popular. They prove time-consuming, slow or unreliable.
When asked how useful the different methods of finding an apartment in Minneapolis-St.Paul were, renters thought:
- rental search websites were useful more than 80% of the time,
- while driving around or the newspaper listings fell short of their expectations with less than 20% useful rating.
Among rental search websites that were highly rated, RENT411.com, Rent.com and Craigslist.com were top three for Twin Cities Metro renters.
10 Ways to Make Minneapolis Apartments Moving Easier From RENT411
- Use www.RENT411.com to find Minneapolis apartments.
- Start removing clutter 2 months ahead of time. That way when you move the only items remaining are items you want to keep.
- Fill out your USPS (United States Postal Service) change of address form online at www.RENT411.com/Connect.
- Start using (up) cleaning supplies and foods that you don’t want to move.
- Make sure if you’re moving to a higher floor to reserve the elevator on the day of your move.
- Prepare a list of family, friends, and business contacts that should be notified of your new address.
- Schedule the disconnection and connection (at your new location) of your utilities online at www.RENT411.com/Connect.
- Transfer your bank account if moving further than 20 miles.
- Plan a garage sale to get rid of any unwanted or unused items and generate same cash. Donate whatever is let.
- Get familiar with your new community and location prior to moving. Go out to eat around your new home or take a walk. This will make the transition much easier (especially for children.)