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Apartment Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pandemic Apartment Shopping, Apartment Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Carley Creative Concepts
Pandemic Apartment Shopping, Apartment Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Carley Creative Concepts

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught my family many things. We have learned how to be safe and healthy and gas stations, how to buy groceries online using apps and picking up or having them delivered, and how to use Zoom for everything from meetings to classes to virtual happy hours. One thing that we were not expecting was the need to shop for apartments during the pandemic. But with our daughter moving to Ohio and attending graduate school next month, it was necessary to shop for apartments.

Pandemic Apartment Shopping, Apartment Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Carley Creative Concepts

Reduced Inventory

Because we could not travel out of state due to our shelter in place restrictions here in Michigan, we waited until the middle of June to travel. We drove to Cincinnati from our home near Detroit. You can read about our trip in my blog post. We faced a lot of challenges with the apartment hunt and this post covers what to expect.

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Reduced Cleanliness

When we did tour a few apartments, only one agent wore a mask. The apartments were not very clean. We were not able to use the bathrooms in any of the leasing offices. Many leasing offices asked that only two of use be in the office at a time.

All in all, we did find a place to rent. It’s just minutes from my daughter’s school and we really liked to leasing office and agent. But the search was not easy. If you are apartment searching during the pandemic, I urge you to do the following:

Do your research online

Call and make appointments either in person or virtually

Be persistent

Wear a mask

Bring sanitizer to use after you leave each apartment

It may take a little longer and require some patience given our current state. I hope your search is successful and I welcome your comments.

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