Summer is prime time for lots of our favorite activities: barbecuing, swimming, enjoying the great outdoors and more.

But, summer is also a super popular time for an activity that isn’t so much of a fan favorite – apartment hunting.

There are benefits to apartment hunting in the summer but there are also plenty of challenges. If you find yourself needing to apartment hunt in the summer, you should know exactly what you’re up against.

Check out our tips for apartment hunting in the summer.

Don’t waste your time – or the property manager’s

The summer is hot, everyone’s outside and things are generally more difficult to do. To make things easier on yourself and your potential future landlords, prepare everything you’ll need for the application and eventual rental of an apartment.

That means gathering the necessary documentation needed for your application, knowing where your security deposit money is coming from and making sure you’re in a position to rent a new apartment.

Moving to a new apartment is not a decision you should make overnight. Generally, you should plan your budget several months out and start viewing apartments around 30 days prior to your anticipated move date.

Don’t let the hot market get the best of you

Summer is undoubtedly a hot time for renting apartments. The combination of breaks from school and warm weather make it a prime season for renting. This is great because it means there could be more available apartments in your area but it can also create an increased level of competitiveness.

If you’re not in a situation to fight against other potential renters for an apartment that you have your eye on, don’t get taken advantage of in your summer apartment search. While the offerings may be more scarce, the fall or winter will likely be less competitive. Less competition incentivizes landlords to offer modified lease terms or even rent discounts.

You’ll get a more accurate feel for your potential future neighborhood in the summer

Whether you’re looking for a quiet neighborhood or one in the center of all the action, you’ll be able to get a better understanding of the activity level of a neighborhood in the summer.

If a neighborhood has lots of shopping, dining and other activities around, that might not be truly represented in off-peak seasons. On the contrary, if you rent in an off-peak season, you might think an area will heat up with the summer months and be sorely disappointed by a dud of a neighborhood. Apartment hunting in the summer helps you get to the bottom of it.

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