Dallas Fort Worth Apartment Search Tips -- Getting the Best Deal

by : Patrick O'Connor

Lease a Dallas Fort Worth apartment and get up to $1,107 in cash

Dallas Fort Worth apartments are expensive. But getting a great deal can make your Dallas Fort Worth apartment less expensive. This article provides tips on getting the best deal possible when leasing a Dallas Fort Worth apartment.

What Do You Want
A great deal for a Dallas Fort Worth apartment varies from person to person. The first step in getting a great deal on a Dallas Fort Worth apartment is organizing your thoughts. Review the factors such as location, unit type, unit amenities and price. Rank your top three or four factors in descending order. Do you want the lowest possible price for a luxurious two-bedroom, 1200 square foot Dallas Fort Worth apartment with granite countertops, hardwood floors and an enclosed garage? Do you want the very lowest price for an efficiency apartment in far northwest Dallas Fort Worth? Or do you want the very lowest available move-in cost for a two-bedroom bills paid apartment in Pasadena?

Organize Your Thoughts

Precisely define the features and factors important to you in a Dallas Fort Worth apartment. Think about factors such has location, rental rate, application fee, deposit, unit type, unit size, unit amenities, and property amenities. Select a location before proceeding with the other criteria. It is practically impossible to start searching for an apartment until you have selected the area where you want to live. However, it is possible this would not apply is another factor is more important. Realistically though, most people select a location before addressing other issues. There is an amazing variety of Dallas Fort Worth apartments available. Organize your thoughts in writing before starting to search with a high-quality online Dallas Fort Worth apartment search service. Your written notes do not have to be in a presentation format. Most people find writing notes while they are thinking helps to crystallize their thinking and increase the clarity of their ideas.

Dallas Fort Worth Apartment Online Search Service

Select a Dallas Fort Worth apartment online search service which provides access to information on all Dallas Fort Worth apartments and provides a $100 rebate. (You did say you wanted the best available deal, so you may as well get $100 rebate!) Some Dallas Fort Worth apartment search services only provide information on 10 to 15% of the available apartments. The services only provide information on properties which pay to advertise or which pay a locator fee. However, it is unrealistic to get the best possible deal when you are only looking at one in six or one in 10 apartments which are available for lease.

Select Five to Twenty Dallas Fort Worth Apartments

Use the online apartment search service to identify perhaps five to 20 Dallas Fort Worth apartment complexes. Start initially by focusing on geographic location. Then use your other search criteria in descending importance to select target properties. In other words, use the second-most criteria (after location) next to further limit the options. Then use the third most important criteria.

Let's Make a Deal

Use your notes (regarding what is important for a Dallas Fort Worth apartment) to develop a list of questions. Call and interview the on-site leasing staff at each property. Focus on getting your questions answered. Listen both to what is said and how it is said. Also ask for details on pricing. This includes information regarding application fee, deposit, first months rent and monthly rent. Ask if they have a "look and lease" special. (This is a special offer when you sign a lease shortly after initially visiting the property.)

Visit the Apartments

Select two or three properties after completing your phone calls. Before going to the office, drive around the perimeter and through the property to see if it means your minimum standards. (Don't waste time visiting the office if you would not live at the property.) Visit the staff at each of the properties. Ask to see that the model and the unit you would be occupying. Ask about their maintenance policy. Do they have any apartment maintenance work orders which have been outstanding for more than one week. Do they have a courtesy patrol? Ask detailed questions about the other factors which are important to you. If you are interested in a particular amenity, confirm that it is working and ask to see it (if appropriate). Before leaving, ask for the best pricing they have available for the unit you are considering. Can they waive the application fee? Can they reduce the first months rent? Can they reduce the monthly rent? What about a look and lease special?

Make a Decision

Choose an apartment which is best for you considering your criteria. Call once again and ask for their best deal. If you lease today, what is the best deal they can offer?

The Lease

Read and negotiate a lease. The lease is a legal document. You should read it. It describes what you must do to have your deposit returned. Ask questions if the lease is not clear. Remember, the lease was written by an attorney for the benefit of the apartment owner. Don't be embarrassed to ask questions.


A great deal is in the eyes of the holder. By carefully considering the location, unit type and features which are important to you, you clarified the first element in a great deal. By gathering information through phone calls and then negotiating with properties offering the best options, you have likely found the very best deal on a Dallas Fort Worth apartment.