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Depending on where you live and the climate of the renter's market, you might have your choice of apartments or other rental units. Or, it might be uber-competitive to get a place in the location you desire. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to position yourself as a favorable renter for your potential landlord. Much like landing your dream job, there are some things you can do to leave your initial meeting with a signed rental agreement and ready to buy renters insurance, or very close to it.

Arrive on time and dress neatly. Presumably you've had good communication with the landlord before this, but for your first meeting, aim to arrive early and wear something presentable. First impressions are huge and it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to comb your hair and put on a nice outfit.

Bring supporting documents with you. Being prepared to fill out the application, if you haven't already, shows the landlord that you're serious about renting. When talking with the landlord before the appointment, find out what you'll need to bring. A general list of documents include:
  • Identification including your Social Security number and driver’s license
  • Current and previous landlords' names and contact info, along with renters insurance info
  • Employment history including salary, dates worked, position and supervisor’s information
  • Bank account and asset data including savings accounts and debts
  • Emergency contact information
  • Pet information
  • Vehicle details including color, make and model, license plate and auto insurance
Fill in the application completely and clearly. In cases where there are dozens of applicants, an incomplete application may be simply tossed in the trash. Be honest in disclosing information including credit, job history or past rental experiences.

Have a check or cash ready to make the deposit. Being prepared to hand in the application fee shows that you're serious and have budgeted for these fees. Do get everything in writing so that you have a record of what you've paid for and how much it cost.

Once the meeting is over, be sure to return calls and keep an open line of communication until you find out the result.

Get the coverage you need. Call Key City Insurance at (866) 466-2109 for more information on Victorville renters insurance.
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