To some people, it sounds crazy, but for many others who have moved across the country or move frequently, it is commonplace. But now that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the Beacon Hill apartment rental process on its head, you may be looking at making this decision yourself.

Here are 3 tips for renting a Beacon Hill apartment you haven’t visited in person

1) Start with a Beacon Hill broker that has roots in the neighborhood. This Boston real estate agent will be your eyes and ears, and in most cases can still go and tour the Beacon Hill apartment for you and take a video tour. With Zoom, FaceTime, or another equivalent, your Beacon Hill rental agent may be able to take you through the home with a live tour. If not, they can take pictures and video, and know what to look for to help you make an informed decision on if you want to make an offer. When you are looking for your agent, find someone that is an expert and has an office in Beacon Hill. If you are trying to buy a Boston condo he or she should be able to answer all of your questions about that area. That is one of the huge benefits of using a Real Estate agent. You hire us because this is our job. We dedicate every hour of every day to learning the market and all of the different areas we represent. If you don’t trust that your agent has your best interests in mind, it is time to find another one.

2) Consider asking the Beacon Hill apartment rental agent will the apartment be professionally cleaned before your move-in date. Ask your broker to add a clause into the lease that this will be done. This is for your protection. Be sure that you know what you’re renting.

3) Have the broker conduct an apartment rental inspection before signing a lease.  Ask for pictures and/or videos as well as the written report. All inspections will include a list of items that, under state requirements, don’t meet code. That the outstanding issues have been corrected before your move-in date,

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We can still help you buy a home, even sight unseen. Contact your Beacon Hill real estate agent today for more information on why now is such a great time to buy and how we can help. Please call us at 617-721-9504.

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