PadMapper is dedicated to helping users find the perfect apartment. The site has incorporated Google maps to give users a big picture perspective on available locations. A search tool allows users to search for specific areas along with filters that give the user a way to choose a price range for rent, desired number of bedrooms and bathrooms, maximum price per bedroom, and maximum age of listing. Additional keywords can be selected for refined search results. Keywords include listings with photos, full lease postings, and listings from specific sources like CraigsList.com and Apartments.com.Show more screenshots »
PadMapper was created in 2009 as a map based apartment hunting tool. Users could literally hop from one “pad” to the next, looking for the perfect living space. The site has improved and gives users many search filter options to help decrease the time needed to page through and start reviewing ideal locations. Today, PadMapper still serves the same purpose by giving users an easy way to look for an apartment. Visitors can start searching without registering.
There are many ways to search for an apartment online. Some sites are essentially classified ads dedicated to apartment hunting while others include apartment listings as a side note. PadMapper stands out in the way it focuses on the hunt for a good apartment. The site includes enough filters and additional search tools to make the process painless. Users can even find Google maps embedded into the website (literally, the map is pretty much the entire background). This works well by providing users with a good location snapshot that they can begin to narrow down to find the perfect place to call home.
As soon as a new visitor arrives on the PadMapper website, they are greeted by an enormous Google map. The maps make up the majority of the website. Anywhere else this would be a bit too busy, but on PadMapper the map background works perfectly. It makes every aspect of the site functional. Users can see where apartments are available and narrow down their search. The filters are easy to find even though they are not immediately visible. The user can also enter basic location details. Additional navigation links are positioned directly on the search box so the user can find all they need in one place.
A visitor that would like to become a PadMapper member can click on the blue “Login/Register” link found at the top of the search box. This brings the user to the registration and login pop up box. Login fields are automatically selected, so the user will have to click on the registration tab to continue. The registration form is very short, requesting only an email address and password. After submitting the information, the user is automatically logged in and can begin using all PadMapper features.
Apartment hunters can search for a new place on PadMapper for free. There is no registration requirement to search. The user can make an account if they like. There is no cost for doing so. The site also allows users to post their apartments as available on PadMapper. No cost information is provided and the entry form does not require payment information from the landlord. For now, anyone can use PadMapper for free.
Anyone who is searching for a new apartment or has an apartment they would like to rent out can benefit from a PadMapper account. The site makes registering very easy. Even without an account, users can still search for available apartments.