So when exactly do you start looking for a new apartment? With rentals being crazy popular lately, we recommend starting your search about 2 months before your moving date. A 60 day buffer will give you enough time to find a few options, negotiate your lease, and relax as your current lease ends. If you start your search just a month before, you my find yourself overpaying or in a lease than ideal living situation.
2 Months? Is that too early to start?
I'm glad you asked. Starting 2 months before the move allows you to start with a wide scope of apartments and slowly narrow down your search to what you really want. It also gives you a look at the current market, which will let you know how to gauge rent better. I've found that taking the time to learn what you want and understand how much your ideal rent is takes a little time. If you take your time, you will find yourself in a better apartment.
Finally, try to line up your search for when the market is ripe. Most apartments become available during summer, so align your search to this as best you can. This may mean starting your search as early as March, but again this is a good thing. Stat your search early and avoid a headache later.