You've found a home that you and your roommates really want, from the photos at least. You've initiated communication with the landlord, and now you want to see the place for yourself! After reaching this point, the landlord will most likely give you a time (or range of times) when they're showing the property. We highly advise you to accommodate those times even if someone in your group has to miss class. Chances are, if you're not willing to miss class, someone else will be.

"So, what's a showing?"

A showing is an opportunity for you and the landlord to meet each other, and for you to see the property and make sure it's what you want – even if that's just a roof with four walls.

We think it's pretty straightforward.

" do these showings work?"

You show up on time, walk through the house, check the place out, and ask any questions you have. Again, pretty straightforward, but we want to remind you of a few things:

  • You need to make a good impression.

    Landlords are looking for quality tenants. It's important that you show up on time, look presentable, and be personable. If you've followed our advice on contacting the landlord, you'll want to be confirming their positive first impression of you.

  • You need to make sure the property is going to work for your group.

    You should come to the showing with a pretty good idea of what your needs are. Know that the location and cost will work for you, otherwise you're wasting your time. Other than that, the showing is your opportunity to check out the parking situation, bus route, amenities, and bedroom/living space.