Soon I'll be moving in the end of July/start of August to the United States to finish up my undergraduate degree (if the current scenario allows it, but I would prefer to be prepared).
I'll be moving there with three other friends, and we have three things no one is budging on:
- A good price
- Not renting something sight unseen
- Renting something for the four of us to live together
We have some other friends in the same situation, their solution was to rent sight unseen and pay up to 900 dollars a month to be matched up with a stranger in some apartment, exactly the opposite of what we are willing to do.
I started getting in touch with landlords of properties we were interested in, but, as one might imagine, nobody is willing to "hold" a place for 3+ months, and I find it very unlikely to those properties (that are commonly rented by students, that also are coming at the same time as us, mind you) to still be available when we arrive at the United States. We could rent something right away and trust the pictures/videos of the landlords and be done with it, but it would make everyone deeply uncomfortable to do so.
Some time ago, I saw an ad for Lemonsquad, that is a service you pay a mechanic to inspect and make a report of a car you want to buy in another far away place and you have something else than the word of the seller for buying it sight unseen.
My question is: Is there anything like it in the United States for renting a house? Any kind of trusted and professional service I could hire for inspecting a house, providing pictures, videos of the place, maybe doing some remarks about the condition of the unit, and reporting it back to me?