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Looking For A Rental Home In Tampa? Check Out These Tips

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This information is brought to you by Zumper. All opinions are my own. 

We just moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Tampa, Florida. There are so many things to think about when you are moving. If you are planning a move to the Tampa Bay area – here are some tips to help you find the best place to live! 

Tampa is a huge area. It’s a beautiful area and you have the option to live in a big city highrise to a bungalow on the water. Both options will provide the most beautiful views. And when you live in the Tampa Bay area, you always have access to the best beaches

The first thing you need to do when moving is to figure out your budget! You do not want your housing to cost more than 25% of your monthly budget. 

Next, you can write out a list of the things you definitely need to have and a list of things that would be nice to have. 



When we were looking for a place to live we picked our budget and then we started to look at places that fit our needs: 

  • We needed at least 3 bedrooms – but 4 bedrooms would be nice.
  • The kitchen had to be a good size – because I spend a lot of time cooking.
  • And it had to be in a certain school district. 


Some of the things that we would love to have had in our new home were:

  • A screened-in porch
  • Fenced in backyard
  • 2.5 bathrooms (It’s so nice to have a guest bathroom that’s not always used by the family!) 
  • A pool
  • Bonus space (like a loft or living room)


During this process, we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to find a house to rent or if we would live in an apartment.

Now that our search is over, I am happy to say that we did find a home that had all the things we had on both lists except for the pool. But

my family lives just a few miles away and they do have a pool! 


It’s time to start your search! 

I want to share with you a resource I didn’t know was available when we were looking for a rental in Tampa, Florida called Zumper. Zumper is used by millions of renters to find houses, rooms, condos, or apartments for rent.

You can put in the zip code of where you would like to live and it shows you all the rentals that are available in the surrounding areas. That is a really great feature because you could find a place that’s a few miles from the zip code where you want to live but save money and get more amenities. 

With Zumper you can add the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need and then they have a filter option that lets you pick things like pet-friendly, short/long-term rental, move-in specials, and more. 

And if you are already familiar with the area – it lets you filter it to the neighborhoods that you would like to live in. 

The rental inventory is updated in real-time, so you’ll always see new rentals on Zumper first. And you can set up alerts to get notified when a new rental becomes available. 

Once you find the place you want to rent you can apply online. It’s really simple to submit a digital rental applications and credit reports with Zumper’s screening service, powered by TransUnion™.



It can be hard to find a house to rent – but with the resources available from Zumper, it should make it a little easier to find the right rental in Tampa, Florida for your family! 





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