TOP TIPS First impressions: You only get one so be on time at the initial inspection and be presentable. The inspection process: Ask questions but be reasonable and pleasant. Your attitude is extremely important in portraying the kind of tenant you will be. Want to apply: Get your rental application in as soon as possible and prove that you can pay rent by attaching all relevant documentation such as pay slips, bank statements or an employment contract. References: Make sure your references know to expect a call. They really can make all the difference in defining you as a tenant. ***“For those sharing houses, having applications coming in at all different times will slow the process down. Co-ordinate your application,” she said.“Have your online profile pre-done prior to inspection. That way you can simply attend the inspection and hit apply, saving lots of time and putting you potentially at the front of the queue.“(And) perhaps let your employer and other referees know to expect a call for verification purposes. That way this checking process will be seamless and again avoid any delays. It also positions you professionally which helps support the quality of your application.”Finally, Ms Crampton has a tip for those who are self-employed.“Have your financials such as bank statements and pay slips at the ready so that the financial verification is easy,” she said.“You may also like to submit a budget so that your capacity to pay is further clarified in a competitive situation.” With vacancies tight across much of Brisbane, competition can be fierce. Generic family outside house. Picture: THINKSTOCKMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoOther common mistakes include a tenant failing to prepay funds, delaying handover of keys, and tenants applying for properties above their financial means“This can be fraught with problems for obvious reasons and getting behind in your rent can see you evicted or black-listed,” she said.So what can you do to improve your chances of success? Ms Crampton offers this advice.*** Cathie Crampton — Director of Property Management at Place “Things like partial completion of applications only, no ID’s, or not including financials in their application,” she said, listing off some of the most common mistakes.“Agencies will look you up on social media — so having a social media presence that shows destruction of property will kill your application straight away. Social media is used to understand applications and tenant applicability.”Ms Crampton said failure to disclose a pet was “a big no no”, adding that rental laws were making it easier to have a pet.“But it’s always best to be upfront,” she said. House for sale — thinkstockWith the festive season now over, many people will now be looking to secure a new place to live for the new year.Vacancy rates across the southeast are generally “tight”, at less than 2.5 per cent, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland. And with Brisbane’s rental market going from strength to strength, competition is heating up, meaning agents and landlords can afford to be picky. Place Estate Agents director of property management Cathie Crampton said they saw a lot of prospective tenants make simple mistakes and miss out on a lease.