Applying for rental homes made easy

by Chris Lang on September 1, 2010

Filling an application form What is the most frustrating thing about looking for a rental house? The process of applying for many places, before you finally get lucky with one. And what is the most annoying thing about applying? Filling the one thousand forms and attaching countless photocopies of all the supporting documents.

So far I was just stating the obvious. But here’s piece of good news for anyone sick of writing the same boring details over and over again on different forms: there is another way, and it’s called 1Form.

1Form is a website created by an Australian company with one purpose – to make the process of applying for rental properties quicker and easier. Simply put, they allow you to create an account, fill all your details just once, upload all the documents and then apply for properties with a click of a button. It really is that simple: one application = one click.

If your next question is about the security of your information, they thought about that too. There is a trust seal on their website and it means that the information is encrypted and the website is scanned daily for malware to minimize the chance of attacks and ensure that sensitive and private information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

There are 2 ways for you to use 1Form. Since many estate agents have already adopted this idea and are offering 1Form as a way of submitting your rental application, you can go for the free or the paid option.

Option 1 (free): fill your details in 1Form website every time you want to apply for a house, or
Option 2 (paid): fill your details and upload all the documents just once, they will be saved on the 1Form server and from that moment on you will be able to apply with a click of a button.

I don’t know about you, but I would happily pay $45 and save myself hours of work. Let me tell you about an experiment I did. I timed myself to see how long it takes to fill a rental application and photocopy all the needed documents. Even though I have found and prepared all the documents in advance, and had a photocopier handy, to simply fill the forms and do the photocopying it took me 1 hour. Shocking, isn’t it? Now add the time it takes to travel to the agency and hand the application over, and you will get 1.5 – 2 hours per application.

This means that applying for 3 rental properties will take about 4.5 – 6 hours, and it is a very reasonable scenario to get lucky with one out of three places. It could get worse, depending on your financial situation and rental history, so there you go – you save about 6 hours for $45 – so if you are paid anything over $10 for your time, using 1 Form makes perfect sense.

Now that you know about 1Form – would you use this online way of applying or would you still prefer the old-fashioned paper-based way?

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nadine December 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

i found this, which is an excellent place to place free ads for real estate. http://www.rent-properties.com.au/

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