Good outfit for apt. hunting in LA?

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  1. DGP

    DGP Senior member

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    Ok, so I am getting my first apt. soon (finally moving out of the hotel), and have some walk-throughs on Sat. (tomorrow). What is best to wear? I want them to have complete confidence renting to me, and, while I don't want to go in looking like a pimp, I'll be in Hollywood, so I want to have that "cool and successful" image, regardless of the truth. I had three thoughts: Gray suit (my "coolest"), white shirt, no tie, black Prada logo loafers (don't have many other times to wear them). Or linnen/cotton chinos, striped dressier shirt, brown Ferragamo lace-ups. And, last but not least, dark jeans, polo shirt, Bruno Magli boots. Or does it really not matter?
     


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    stach Senior member

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    All they care about is your credit report.
     


  3. kronik

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    roflmao.

    I was thinking the same thing.

    My response was going to be "A good credit score and a decent job."
     


  4. mrchapel

    mrchapel Senior member

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    During the course of finding a rental, it does not matter what you wear. As others have said, it matters that you have first month's rent, security deposit, and a clear credit report. This is one rare exception where clothing isn't going to have an effect one way or the other. In either case, I'm sure you'll be better dressed than 95% of the managers/leasing officers you'll meet.
     


  5. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    This can't be a real question. [​IMG]
     


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  7. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Wear something comfortable -

    Of the three outfits you're considering, I'd recommend the jeans & polo shirt.

    Who wears a suit in Hollywood on the weekends? With or without a tie.
     


  8. Buster

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    Sometimes I think we overestimate the influence of dress:
    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=18893



    I have to disagree. Assuming that the seller/owner can choose among a few renters, with everybody having decent credit score and a good paying job - you want to leave a good impression. Some people are aversed to certain looks For example, would you like to rent an apartment to someone that looks sloppy - I am not sure. I would assume the apartment would look just like him.
    Probably not first on the list of criteria, but I know I considered that when I looked for an apartment.
     


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    I actually am working this summer in the property management business (basically a giant corporate landlord), and I would second most of the responses here. In my experience, potential residents could come in wearing a burlap sack and looking like a complete hobo, but as long as they have a job, a good credit report, and good references, we'll rent to them...

    don't stress, just wear something to keep cool in the inevitably scorching heat
     


  10. Lord Byron

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    Good advice to avoid the suit. Speaking as a landlord, my opinion is that is does matter how you dress. The reason being that a landlord will look at the way you dress and assume, fairly or not, that your apartment will be maintained in similar fashion. Will I have ants because this guy leaves open cartons of chinese food everywhere? Will he trash the place? Nobody's going to even apply to rent from me without a solid, verifiable source of income and a clean credit report. What we search for in all relationships, business, social, personal, is someone who shares our values. How we dress, especially meeting someone for the first time, is important. You are looking for a clean, safe, decent place to live at a somewhat reasonable price. So are a lot of people. Make a good impression. It may put you at the top of the list for that place you really, really want. Good luck.
     


  11. drizzt3117

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    I have to disagree. Assuming that the seller/owner can choose among a few renters, with everybody having decent credit score and a good paying job - you want to leave a good impression. Some people are aversed to certain looks For example, would you like to rent an apartment to someone that looks sloppy - I am not sure. I would assume the apartment would look just like him.
    Probably not first on the list of criteria, but I know I considered that when I looked for an apartment.


    Landlords only care about if you pay your rent on time. It's not like they're going to not rent the place if you have a clean credit report and can substantiate the income. You could look like you were going to sacrifice animals in the apartment and it wouldn't matter unless you didn't pay your rent on time and didn't disturb the neighbors overly much. I am involved in a number of rental properties and even in Orange County, it's still all about the benjamins.
     


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    Be neat and clean with shined shoes if you wear leather shoes. Have your hair combed and shave before you go.

    I want a good credit report, and someone whose appearance gives me some confidence that they won't trash the place. And I will sometimes take the appearance over the credit report.

    I have learned that sometimes renters (here in Az most people can afford to buy unlike LA) don't have good credit which is why they are renters and not buyers. That is OK. With a poor (not horrible) credit report I will adjust with a very high late fee that I always inforce. Soon the delinquent renter realizes it is not cost effective to be late every month.

    Perry
     


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  14. DGP

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    I only asked because I am a very recent grad, and don't always want to look it.
     


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    You want to project sense of being reliable and stable.

    Perhaps you should wear something neutral - like slacks and buttondown shirt? I would avoid any high-fashion clothes.

    William
     


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