Lease coming up and looking to move? College student heading back to school for the new school year and looking for a different place to stay? Padmapper hopes to provide you with the tools to make your search as easy as possible, and it does the job quite well.
Launching the Padmapper application takes you to the all familiar Google maps, where you can either use geolocation to search for apartments and houses to rent around your current location, or you can scroll around on Google maps to find your preferred location and search houses and apartments there.
Simply click the menu button, then “search here”, and Padmapper will search Craigslist, Apartments.com, ForRent.com, Ookla, and other apartment websites to find the apartment or house of your dreams! The apartments appear as the standard Google map markers, and clicking on one of the markers quickly pulls up more information on the selected location. You can then click on a website link to go to the full listing, place a green marker so you can come back to that listing later if you like it, or email or call the person who listed the apartment or house to get more information.
Even better, Padmapper allows you to filter your search by selecting the minimum and maximum number of bedrooms, and bathrooms, the total price of the apartment, and the maximum price per bed. You can also filter by sublets/non-sublets, and apartments that allow dogs or cats.
Pretty awesome stuff, actually, and I wish I had something like this back when I was in college looking for apartments.
- Easy and intuitive to navigate. If you understand Google Maps, you’ll understand Padmapper.
- Filters make your search as easy as humanly possible.
- Very easy to contact the people listing the house or apartment right from your device.
- Search is as simple as scrolling around the map.
- Easy to tag places of interest by clicking on the map marker, then the frog icon. The marker will then turn green, which stands out pretty well.
- Not a dang thing (see below)
Yes, I’m skipping right over the cons, because as hard as I try, I can’t find anything wrong with this application. Yes, some people if you read the market comments have had some problems with selection, or glitchiness, but I haven’t experienced any of those issues.
Bottom line: If you’re in the market to rent a new apartment or house, you need to give Padmapper a try. It’s pretty damn awesome, and I only wish it had been invented sooner.
Padmapper can be found for free on the Android Market.