Apartment hunting in Chippewa Falls? Nowadays, there’s so much information out there it can feel like a metric ton to filter through. Even Google isn’t a great place to start. Now there are a dozen similar apartment search websites to try to find the right home to fit your budget and lifestyle.
How does someone even start to find great Chippewa Falls Wisconsin rentals?
Here’s our tried-and-true list of 5 ways to find a great place to live in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls -without having to burn weeks of your life. (And if you’re really in a rush, skip down to #5 for our favorite!)
1 – Friends in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls
When you start to navigate houses and apartments for rent in Chippewa Falls, start with asking friends and family.
Often they know great places to live, and can help you find a great apartment home that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. We recommend starting there because a trusted friend will point you options that aren’t as well publicized on major property websites but can provide you with the quality of life in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire that you’re looking for.
The downside is while often you may be given great recommendations, these places may not have any available apartments for rent.
2 – Online Listings Site Search
Check those online listings. You know the ones. Websites like Zillow, Apartments.com, and Rent.com can provide you with a comprehensive list of apartments for rent in Chippewa Falls, along with their rental rates and amenities.
When using online listings to find apartments in Chippewa Falls WI, one of the benefits is you can be specific in your required amenities, rent, and space needs. You should be able to easily filter your search results based on these criteria, which can save you time and help you find apartments that meet your specific needs. You can also read reviews on these sites (or Google!) from previous tenants and check that the management team has a good reputation for property maintenance and security.
Online listings can be a convenient find a great Chippewa Falls apartment, as long as you approach your search with clear criteria. And yet…
2(a) – The Drawbacks of big search websites
There are drawbacks. None of these large companies are based in Eau Claire or Chippewa Falls, and don’t know anything about the local rent scene. And what if you don’t know what you’re looking for? Do you just go through page after page of tiny thumbnails, hoping you click on the right one?
These sites are usually set up to aggregate data about Chippewa Falls apartments, rent, and units from their national database, and often show you listings based on which apartments are paying them to list – rather than those that best fit your criteria for a home.
3 – What’s near the places in Chippewa Falls you already like to spend time?
Zoom around your favorite areas of Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire to get a sense of the neighborhoods and apartment buildings. Visit your favorite parks, restaurants, or other Chippewa Falls locations, then drive around a few blocks. Look for “for rent” signs and apartments that you may have missed in your online search.
If you look for a place to rent near the places in Chippewa Falls you already enjoy spending time, it makes a new apartment feel like home that much faster. You’ll also get to know what could be for rent in Chippewa Falls – Eau Claire area that much better. Even if you find out nothing’s available for rent at those locations, you’ll be aware of them and start to keep an eye out for the future.
4 – Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Social Media and Community Websites
Facebook, Instagram, VolumeOne, even Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Sub-Reddits can be great resources. Do a quick search around Facebook Marketplace and other social media and community forums that cover the Chippewa Falls WI area for leads on available apartments. You may find a home posted by individuals who are looking to sublet their apartment or by landlords who are advertising their properties.
5 – Skip all the other steps and work with a Chippewa Falls WI real estate agent or property manager
A Chippewa Falls based real estate agent or property manager (like our team at Rooney Property Management, hint hint) can be a valuable resource in helping you find the perfect apartment in Chippewa Falls. They have access to a wide range of rental properties that may be newly listed, coming up for listing soon, or not listed online, and can work with you to find exactly what you’re looking for in a Chippewa Falls home – often with additional insight into the neighborhoods, schools, and amenities nearby.
Navigate Chippewa Falls WI rent like a pro
So now as you start your journey to find a new apartment to rent in Chippewa Falls, try out some of these steps. Or take our advice and go straight to the source – no one knows the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire area like a real estate agent or property management team.