Renting a Boston condo
Question: I am relocating to Boston for a job and have started to research Boston condos to rent. When would be the ideal time to start reaching out to brokers, agents, landlords and owners about apartments they have posted?
The simple answer is that you shouldn’t have any trouble moving in on the date you expect. If a place is on the market and the agent or landlord says it will be available for move-in on a given date, you can pretty much be assured it will be ready.
As for timing, take your desired move-in date and count back about six or seven weeks. That should give you plenty of time for a two-or-three-day reconnaissance mission, time for the property owner to check out your credentials and time for you to arrange your move. It also gives you some negotiating flexibility. If there’s a lot of interest in the apartment you want, you can offer two weeks or a month’s rent before you actually move in.