Hi Taylor! There are other free screening tools out there. Most of the software out there will provide you with the applicant's comprehensive criminal, credit and eviction history. Normally, it's free to you as the landlord, but not to the applicant. I think it's better to charge a tenant to test their seriousness about renting your property. If it's free to them, you'll see the same tenant applying to properties all around your area.
In addition to a full tenant screening, you can request pay stubs, w2, etc. in the application they submit. Finally, in their application, ask for landlord references and their employer's phone number to verify that they work there.
If you need a tenant screening service recommendation, please feel free to reach out directly through personal message!