Finding a perfect home to stay in a new city can be a daunting task. People tend to lose their focus on other main aspects while house hunting. It is not a kept secret that brokers can help you find a place in any area within a few days, but it comes at a hefty cost. Nobody likes ponying up 2 months of rent as a finders fee to some guy who barely cares about your preferences. Gone are the days when people preferred living in PGs, 21st century is more about comfort and Millennials love their comfort and privacy. That’s when co-living spaces make their way into your lifestyle. In case you’re new in a city, for your higher studies or work, here are some handy tips to find a brokerage-free home :
1. Don’t feel shy, ask around for help:
Individuality takes the front seat when you move to a new city and at first, most people think they can find a place on their own. In some cases, it happens, but you can chalk it up to the luck factor. Instead of relying on your luck, ask around the neighborhood you want to live in. Look for To-Let signs, you never know where your next home is hiding.
2. Use Personal Contacts:
If you are a bit old school at heart, you can always go the personal way of looking out through your contacts. We all have some friend or acquaintance in any given city. Get in touch with them and let them know what you’re looking for. If they are close friends or relatives, tell them about your priorities your likes, dislikes in advance. If you do find a place through them thank them and stay in touch, do that even they can’t find you a place.
3. Make the most Social Media Platforms:
Ever since the introduction of Facebook groups, finding a flat has become easier. You can create a post with all your requirements and budget and get a quick response within hours. (Quick Tip: Keep checking your Other Messages section on Facebook to see if you got any personal response). Twitter can be very helpful too, with the right number of retweets you can reach out to countless people who are looking for the same.
4. Opt for a brokerage free co-living space-being:
The newest addition to the house-renting scene co-living is the talk of the town all over the country. Not only there is no brokerage, but also a marginal difference in the deposit column as well. Plus, the options are countless and so are the opportunities. In co-living communities, the rules are laid out in front of you, which helps you to manage your expectations.
5. College Networks:
It’s as simple as If you are working, you probably have a lot of colleagues living on rent. If you ask them they might have a vacancy for you. Blast an email to all the colleagues and see if someone has something for you. Same goes for your college network. (Quick Tip: Ask your colleagues about the restrictions in the society they are living in and how the neighborhood is. Don’t get tempted to live with a colleague just because it’s easy. Your priorities are important too)
Gone are the days when brokers used to control the renting market. Things are changing now and how. here is no need to pay the middle man to do a simple task you can easily do in your spare time. With so many options available online you can literally take a virtual tour of the property before having to actually visit the property. If the pictures are not available, ask for them. It would save you a lot of time and trouble.
Note: Do make up your mind before you start looking for a place. If you are not sure, search it online. Check if that particular area is well connected to your office/college. Inquire about the nearby markets, ATMs, water availability and transport beforehand. Your contacts can only help you find a place, doing is the research about the locality is your job.
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