As we all know it can be difficult to find the perfect rental, from viewing the property, to applying, to waiting for the answer you’re hoping to hear. At Dowling Mayfield we like to make your experience as less stressful as possible and with saying that, here is a few tips to help you ace your next application.

Make sure you have all the correct documentation

The real estate agent should provide you with a list of documents that you need to bring but it can’t hurt to be over prepared. In most instances you’ll need references, the completed application form, pet references if applicable, pay slips or proof of employment, photo ID and a cover letter. Make sure you have all of these documents copied and ready to submit to the property manager. Have everything copied, certified if necessary and organised into a folder that you can hand to the real estate agent on the day after you have viewed the property.

Get your housemates into gear

Your housemates don’t have to attend the property inspection (although this is preferable) but you need to get their full and completed application and references. If you have a complete set of documentation for all members of the household you’ve got a better chance of being on the top of the pile.

Be on time

This is a general courtesy rule but one that is applicable to all professions. Holding an open house is quite stressful and usually agents work solo in circumstances like this, so they’re very busy on the day. If you’re ready and waiting when they arrive they might remember when the time comes to choose a tenant.

Be presentable at the inspection

You don’t have to wear a suit but it’s important to look presentable. It shows you’re keen to secure the property and that you’re taking the application process seriously. If you show up looking like you mean business, you could increase your chances of success.

Follow up

If you’ve submitted an application and you haven’t heard anything 48 hours later, do send a follow up to the agent. Let them know you’re very interested in the property and that you’re happy to provide any additional information or references they might need.

If you are currently looking for a rental and your wanting some advice please contact our friendly property managers at Dowling Mayfield 02 4960 0499.