Rental guide: the 10 rules for home seekers

Rental guide: the 10 rules for home seekers

If you ended up on this site there is a good chance that you are looking for an apartment or room for rent that can accommodate you in the coming months.

Whether your intent is to study, work or simply spend a few months away from home, it matters little: know that the search for housing is anything but simple.

Whatever method of research you have chosen, there are some general tips that we might call universal:

1) Move early

Get moving on time, don’t wait until the last few weeks before classes start to look for housing. Move at least a month in advance: no matter how lucky you may be, finding a room or apartment to rent takes between 2 and 5 weeks on average.

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2) Apply a method

In the search for a room or apartment for rent, method is everything: take note of the offers that seem most interesting to you (on you can save in your favorite list the most interesting ads by clicking on the ♥ next to the ad), note price, main features, pros and cons. Plan your research as carefully as you prepare for an exam (or plan your vacation, if you prefer).

3) Keep active on multiple fronts

Even if you are on the trail of “something good,” keep looking for possible alternatives: the unexpected is around every corner, and having secondary solutions can save your life (and your liver!).

4) Beware of prices that are too low

If you find a room or apartment that is priced 20-30% lower than the area average, be careful. The probability that it is the bargain of a lifetime is equal to the probability that it is a total rip-off.

5) Don’t trust

Many (homeowners, real estate agents, other tenants) will appear to be your allies, but in reality…everyone is responding solely to their own self-interest. Don’t take someone else’s word for it, but try to get it done as soon as possible; landlords who assure you “the house is yours” and after an hour have rented it to someone else are anything but legend.

6) Prepare a list of questions.

Be prepared. Only by really engaging in the search can you hope to find good housing, in an area you like, at a reasonable price. Draw up, at least mentally, a list of questions to see if the solution is really for you: is TARSU included in the rent? What expenses (concierge, heating, water, and other utilities) are included? Can you park your bicycle in the inner courtyard?

7) Inspect the apartments you see

Assess with a very careful eye: take the time to check each room, open furniture, check the condition of appliances, check fixtures. Obviously with courtesy: you are not (yet) in your house.

8) Carefully consider the distance

Take into consideration the distance of the accommodation from the classrooms where the lectures in your degree program will be held, or to your workplace, and find out in advance what public transportation you will have available.

9) Study the documents

Study the lease that is proposed to you in every point: consider the size of the security deposit, give priority to those who offer you contracts with dry coupon, make sure that the allocation of incidental expenses is defined. And read carefully: clauses requiring you to turn off audio-visual equipment by 11 p.m., or to paint your house at your own expense, are not uncommon.

10) Get to know roommates

Meet your future roommates before you sign the contract and, as much as living with semi-familiar people is always a gamble, make sure there is a minimum of affinity in character and habits.

…At this point we just have to wish you good research!

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