Be sure to bring a valid picture ID, checkbook, or a credit or debit card so you can pay any deposits and application fees to secure the apartment. You will not be able to tour without a valid picture ID, so don’t waste your time showing up without it.

To secure the apartment you want to lease, you will be asked to complete a rental application, pass a background check, and make any necessary deposits. Be prepared with your social security number, employment information, three most recent pay stubs, rental history, vehicle information, and pet information if you have pets. Some communities may also require an in-person pet interview and vehicle check before you can be approved.