Rent BC was the original online listing service in BC and Canada - founded in 1998 as a better way to find your next place to live, besides the newspaper.
Rent BC helps landlords save costs and tenants save their hair from being pulled out. We now have over a quarter million landlords that have used our system to find a great tenant and many college & universities use the Rent BC engine to run their off-campus housing database for students such as SFU, BCIT, Royal Roads and Trinity Western University.
Your rental ad is automatically distributed to over 250 rental websites at no extra cost.
Where to Rent Moving Trucks
Each company tends to set their rates a little differently. One may give you a low base rate of say $19.95 but then tell you that you also have to pay $0.69 per km! This can be a good deal if you can get from the rental depot, to your current apartment, over to your new apartment and back to the rental depot in about 40kms or less. Other companies will quote you a straight rate with a cap on mileage while others yet will offer unlimited mileage...
Then there's the different size trucks to factor in. Typical moving trucks are 16 cubic feet or 24 cubic feet. Here's something to consider that may save you money: if you can't do your move in one trip with the big truck, it may be cheaper to use the small truck and do 2 trips. Keep extra mileage and gas costs in mind though when figuring out your costs.
So how do you find a rental truck? Try the yellow pages or online. I would strongly suggest calling at least 3 different companies to ensure you get the best deal. Also, don't be afraid to play off one company against the other. It's a competitive world out there and companies will often drop their price to get your business.
Good luck with your move!
Ad Writing Tips
Over the past decade, the migration from print to online advertising of rental properties has brought about fierce competition. Online advertising has provided multiple media options that weren't previously available, such as creating picture-rich listings with multiple photos, video, and maps, along with rich detailed ad copy and social media links.
Since owners of rental properties have begun to look at their rental portfolios as real businesses, with themselves as CEO, competition can be fierce. How can you ensure that your property stands out? Strategic marketing! Businesses need marketing to retain and grow market share, so that competition from across the street with trendy name, logo, and picture-rich website won't lure tenants to where the grass appears greener.
How do we stave off this exodus and fill empty units before the competition? By producing descriptive, picture-rich, and eye-catching advertisements that are tailored to your target audience.
Here are some suggestions:
Utilize an Optimized Website. These days it is a must to have a quality, professionally built, website that has been optimized (SEO) for search engines. Otherwise, your website may show up on page #7 of a Google search, while a competitor's site shows up on page #1.
Include High-Quality Photos. In our business as an Internet Listing Service (ILS), our staff field many calls from landlords asking for help building or re-writing their ad to make it more effective. If you are not receiving as many calls about your property, the first order of business is to ensure there are quality photos in your ad. Many good tenants will skip over ads without photos, because they assume the landlord either doesn't care or has something to hide-neither of which will help you rent your unit.
First Impressions Count! In the online world, the first thing prospective tenants see are the photos. No matter how fantastic your ad copy is, your photos do most of the talking. Use photos to showcase how great it will be to live in your unit. You may even consider hiring a photographer to shoot your building(s) as the photos will be useful for years, and can make a significant difference in a tenant's decision.
Determine Your Audience. When writing a rental ad, ask yourself: 'What type of tenant do I want to attract?' Once you determine your target audience, you can tailor the ad listing to that crowd. When you focus your ad on attracting the type of tenants you want, the ad itself will do some of the screening for you.
Provide Specific Details. If you want to skip straight to interested tenants and avoid taking lots of calls from people who are simply looking for more information, be specific with your ad and provide all of the details up front.
Unlike rental ads in the classified section of local newspapers, which often charge by the letter, most online sites offer plenty of space for you to provide details. Take advantage of this space and provide information tenants are looking for up front. Along with great photos, the most important details to include are location and price. Be sure to fill out all of the fields when posting your ads, list all amenities, and be clear on the terms. If you require a 1-year lease or utilities are extra, state this upfront.
Several Things to Avoid when Posting Online Rental Listings:
Avoid All CAPS - Writing ads in ALL CAPS may have been a clever marketing tactic at one point, but is now avoided by the younger generation. It can make you seem either angry or desperate.
Avoid empty phrases - In real estate ads there are many overused words such as 'nice, great, and beautiful' which have become 'empty' words. Look for alternatives which really describe what your unit has to offer. Consider using one of the many 'Thesaurus' sites on the Internet to find descriptive words.
Avoid abbreviations - Most sites give you plenty of space for your ad copy, so there is no need to use abbreviations. In your online ads opt for terms like 'dishwasher' over 'd/w' and 'finished basement' over 'fin bsmt.'
The bottom line for producing a great rental ad is to include high-quality photos and/or video, as well as clean and concise ad copy, targeted to your ideal target audience.
Ad Pricing & Fees
Advertising on the Rent Hello Rental Network distributes your rental ad over 200 website portals such as national, regional, state/province, college & university and various stretegic partners' websites attracting an international audience. Unlike many of our competitors, we accept all property types such as houses, townhouses, condos, basement units, mobile homes, shared accommodations, roommates, dorms/frat, homestay, room & board etc.
Distribution is automatic, so you do not have to re-submit manually to the network site. Your ad will be posted on the network sites within 24 hours of posting.
Save more the longer you advertise. Best Deal - 'Until it Rents' for $44.95 for up to a year - private ads (no apartment buildings) only please.
Cost per Day
1 month listing
84 cents per day
2 month listing
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12 cents per day
*special rates are for consecutive-month ads. † "List Until it Rents" special maximum 12 months same ad - call to purchase.
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Network rental listings are sorted first by ads with photos, then by price from lowest to highest. Feature Property ads bump your ad up to the top positions in any given city or region. This ensures your ad that has to be rented quickly will rank in the top ten positions before the standard ad ranking resumes.
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*Prices include the initial cost of the listing and are based on a 1 month rental listing.
NOTE: Feature Property listings are on a first-come-first-served basis and expire when your rental ad expires. This is great news for landlords who list longer than a one-month ad as the feature will stay active for as long as your ad was purchased. For example, if positions #1 through #9 are NOT filled, and you purchase the #10 position for $9.95, your listing will show first in Search Results (until someone purchases a position higher than you) for the entire duration of your ad. This feature allows you to receive a higher ranking than you pay for if spots above are available; this saves you money, however, only guarantees the position you actually purchased.
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