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Is it feasible to find rental home 2 wks before movein date?

I am moving from Pennsylvania to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. My current rent contract ends June 18, so I'm really hoping to be able to move in to a rental home June 19 or 20 if possible. However, with my work schedule, the only possible opportunity I will have to visit the area in person and see homes is May 28 through June 3. I realize this is really cutting it close, as I've been reading that general rule of thumb is to start looking 30-45 days in advance. I have asked my current landlord to extend by 1 week, but not sure yet if this will be possible. I would like to use a realtor, my hope being that this will expedite process of finding a home within that 1 week opportunity (I'm sure I would end up wasting a lot of time trying to do it myself through Zillow or something). So my question really is, is this timeline feasible or am I setting myself up for failure by trying to make this work? I have a pretty good idea of what I'm looking for, Zillow suggests there are plenty of options that fit the bill in the area - if there was a suitable place found in that week I am visiting Tennessee, can the rest of the process of finalizing the contract be completed in the remaining 2 weeks? Anything you could share would be much appreciated.
Asked By Andrew N. | Murfreesboro, TN | 42 views | Renting | 2 weeks ago
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Chris Yochum

Dickson Realty


You might be setting yourself up for failure, not giving yourself enough time. You can certainly lock up a rental in a matter of a day or 2 in many cases, though if your not familiar with the area moving to and moving to quick, it can be a recipe for disaster. Couple thoughts, maybe stay in a motel for a little while till settled in the area. Another idea, maybe contact the property owners of interest in advance to moving and discuss the situation and lock something up prior to moving to the area.
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Michael Hudson

eXp Realty

That is definitely a tight timeframe. NOT an impossible timeframe, just going to be difficult. I would suggest finding a rental for 2 months in or around Murfreesboro. This should allow you to comfortably browse houses, pick a home and go through the sales process. Might not be exactly what you wanted to hear, but I am sure it was already on your mind.
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Kristan Vaughan

Better Homes and Gardens Signature Brokers

another option not mentioned is that you could go ahead and have the agent of your choice in Murfreesboro go ahead and do some viewings via zoom or facetime for/with you. That would allow you view the property more than the pretty "real estate" photos and you can narrow it down and may even be able to start the process before you move eliminating the extra money for a short-term rental all together. Most of us in the East Tennessee area are used to this process as we have this scenario on a fairly regular basis and your agent will have a couple of different options to help you get settled seamlessly into our beautiful Tennessee!! Welcome!

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