After finding your agent, you will want to go out and see the advertised apartment and any other apartments the agent has. Your agent will either request that you meet them at their office or at the apartment and fill out a form that acknowledges they showed you the apartment (this is for the brokerage firm’s protection and to have a record of the transaction). If time allows, it’s always best to meet your agent at their office the first time. It’s a more professional environment, you can get a feel for the legitimacy of the company and the agent will have more resources at their disposal should your search requirements change.
When setting up times to view apartments, it is best to keep in mind that many apartments are inaccessible before 9am and after 6pm due to super’s schedules or the leasing office being closed. If the agent has keys to the apartment or has arranged before or after these hours then it may be possible to see apartments outside of these times.
It is best to try and set aside a full day (if possible) to allow yourself time to see everything available and make an informed decision. If you have roommates or more than one person needs to see the apartment to make a decision it is wise to try to see the apartment together. As well, everyone who will be applying for the apartment should have the generally required paperwork ready before you see apartments.