5 tips to find a house or apartment rental

Rental ads for housing are of course found quite easily. But how can you be sure that it is the accommodation that suits you best? Here are some tips to guide you through your home search and to help you find the perfect rental.

Evaluate your budget and your needs

Before you start your rental search, start by setting the budget that you can spend on it. To ensure that you will be able to pay your rental expenses, most landlords demand that the total monthly income of the tenant be at least three times the rent cost. In other words, for a rental of € 800, you (or your couple) must earn at least € 2400 net per month. Depending on this budget, you can establish an area in which to stay based on the average price per square meter. You can choose to rent an empty or furnished apartment. The second one is understandably more expensive but can save you furniture transportation costs.

Find the accommodation of your dreams with real estate ads

You will find real estate ads everywhere: on the internet and in newspapers mainly. Do not forget the windows of real estate agencies: they regularly put ads on them and publish lists of available homes. Also, depending on your income and situation, you may be able to file for social housing, but the wait can be long.

Renting with a professional or P2P, what’s best for you?

Should you be more interested in ads from individuals or professionals? Going directly through a landlord allows you to possibly negotiate a reduction in rent in exchange for some work on the property for example and exempts you from estate agency fees. But individuals are often more demanding about their future tenant. Using the help of a professional has significant benefits: he/she can help you in your research, refine your needs, and save you a lot of time. A real estate agent often has a large portfolio of offers and can advise you on the right housing based on your dossier.

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