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2.10 Making a Good First Impression

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that you only get one chance to make a first impression.  Whether you think it’s fair or not, the way you present yourself can have a strong impact on landlords when they meet you for the first time.  Landlords want tenants to pay the rent, take care of their property and not bother other tenants. 

When a landlord meets you, they are trying to determine whether you will be the best tenant out of all the applicants.  It may not seem fair that someone is making a judgment of what type of tenant you will be based on how you act and dress, but the reality is that it happens.  Be yourself, but put your best self forward. 

Here are some tips:

  • Arrive on time
  • Dress business-casual
  • Avoid clothing with tears and controversial slogans or logos
  • Minimize strong smells of perfume or cologne
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol before the viewing
  • Introduce yourself and shake the landlord’s hand, if it feels appropriate. 
  • Take your shoes off when touring the property (and remember to wear socks)
  • Come organized by having all of your relevant documents prepared (credit check, cover letter, references and pet resume)
  • Strike up a conversation and try to find some common interests (work, school, sports, kids, etc.)
  • Thank the landlord for showing you their unit and answering your questions