If you’ve got a trip planned, whether for business or for pleasure, you need to make sure you’re staying in the right place. Having some home comforts and the right amenities close by will make your trip far more enjoyable, and probably more productive.
Here, we’re going to talk about what you should be looking for in your next apartment rental:
The Right Price
The price of your apartment is going to be important - so this means you need to know your budget. It can be all too easy to ignore the price if the apartment is beautiful and the views are even better, but it isn’t a good idea to go over your budget for this.
Set a budget before you even start your search. What can you afford, and how long for? Whether you’re staying for one week, a few weeks, or a couple of months, make sure you know your numbers as accurately as possible. Make sure you think of anything else you’ll have to pay for, such as food, utilities, gym membership, social activities, and more so that you don’t overshoot and end up choosing somewhere you can’t afford in the long run. You don't want to have to move to another, more affordable apartment once you’ve settled in!
Always look at the price of an apartment before looking deeper into information and pictures so you can avoid falling in love with something that you can’t afford. Remember, the time of year will play a part in how much you pay for rent. The prices will be much higher during summer because that’s the time of year people search for somewhere to stay. In general, when it’s colder outside, prices will drop. If you can secure the price of the apartment out of peak season, then you will get a much better deal.
Schedule In Person Visits
When you have 2 or 3 apartments on your short list, perhaps a maximum of 4, you should visit them in person. Checking them out in person will help you to get a feel for the place and whether it will suit the way you’re planning on spending your time while you’re there. This may not always be possible, but if you’re looking into long term rentals then it should be considered a must. You can look at these long term rentals in Paris to get an idea of where you could be staying and what you want to look for during your visit. Don’t forget to take the people you’re going to be staying with, as they can help you to see another perspective and find the perfect place.
Plan To Stay As Organized As You Can
If you are viewing multiple apartments, make sure you keep track of the important details so that they don’t all blur into one when it’s all said and done. Make a note of things like:
- Rental rates
- Security deposit amounts
- Contact information
- Side notes
- Other relevant information
Making a spreadsheet could be the most effective way of noting these things down where you can easily compare and contrast.
You may want to look for different things in an apartment depending on the purpose of your trip. It can be a good idea to make a priorities list before you go to viewings so you end up staying in a place that is perfect for you. For instance, would you like a kitchenette, and somewhere you can wash clothes? Or are you happy with a laundrette near by? Think up as many possibilities as you can, and don’t forget to make notes so you remember to look for these things when visiting a rental. Try to stay focused during viewings, writing everything down and looking for what you need. Don’t be dazzled by views and things that are considered non-essential!
Considering Public Transportation
Knowing what you have nearby will be a huge help if you’re planning on renting somewhere. You want to have the right facilities and amenities - public transport is especially important, even if you plan on using a car some of the time. Public transport can save you a lot of money in the long run, so see if you can easily access it from your chosen apartment. Saving money on things like gas, car insurance and maintenance leaves more in your budget to put towards to monthly rent and other expenses.
What will you look for in your apartment rental for your next trip? Leave a comment below!
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