There's no question the Internet plays a critical role in the apartment search process for today's renters. However, many searchers have moved beyond online resources like Craigslist and are now turning to popular review sites like Yelp for assistance.
For those looking for a luxury apartment in Rochester, Yelp can offer some powerful insight about what living in a particular apartment community actually entails. Here are five ways Yelp can assist you with your next apartment search:
1. Plan Your Commute
Typically, your commute to work or school will play a critical role in helping you determine where to live. Yelp makes this extremely easy by including a Google map on the apartment community's Yelp page, as anyone interested in mapping out a commute can simply click on the Google map and type in a "to" and "from" location.
2. See More Photos of the Apartment Community
If you visit an apartment community's website, you may only be able to see a limited amount of photos. Yelp is another great resource to see pictures of an apartment community taken by actual residents. These images can often paint a more accurate picture of what life in the apartment community would be like, and help you decide whether it’s worth visiting in person.
3. Learn About the Community’s History
Yelp has been around for more than 10 years, so you can read through more than a decade of reviews about an apartment community to determine how it's evolved over the years. Be sure to take note of any consistent issues mentioned in reviews and how (or if) they've been resolved. If issues go unresolved or take a long time for management to address, you may want to think twice about choosing that apartment community.
4. Get Recommendations for Local Restaurants and Pubs
Want to choose a luxury apartment community in Rochester that's convenient to a great neighborhood pub or a favorite local burger joint? Yelp offers users the option to "browse nearby" for restaurants, bars, food, shopping, hotels, landmarks, and more. This can be especially helpful to apartment seekers who aren’t familiar with a particular area or neighborhood.
5. Start a Conversation Using Yelp Talk
If you still have questions about a particular neighborhood or community, you can create a conversation using the Yelp Talk feature. You can also scroll through the stream of geographic-based conversations that are already happening to get a better feel for the area.
Considering that you want to truly enjoy your next apartment, it's well worth it to do your homework by using review sites like Yelp.
What are your go-to resources for finding a luxury apartment in Rochester, Minnesota? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below!