Apartments in China – three useful tips
Three apartment leasing tips.
Did you just arrive to Beijing? looking for a new apartment? note the below tips.
- Tip#1 – You can get yourself an agency that will help you look for an apartment, they are usually pretty good.
But, it’s less common hence less common practice – look for a lease by yourself, cut the middle man (not common in China too much).
It might be a little harder, but ask friends to help, check the Beijinger, and search online for expats that are leaving, it can save you some money.
**Tip#1 agency is considering the rent is above 7 or 8K, if it’s below – maybe you will need to pay 1 month rent fee, and then you’ll need to consider if to use the agency
- Tip#2 – make sure you do a research about the area you look at – make sure its:
a. A nice area to live in, for example if you have a family you’ll prefer a quiet area close to a park, and if you are young and single maybe you’ll prefer an area with a lot of bars / clubs – I know that this is obvious, but what’s not obvious is – if you didn’t live here before you don’t know how critical a few KM can be – which takes us to the next point.
b. Make sure it’s not too far from where you are working – commuting in Beijing can be difficult sometimes – don’t underestimate a few miles.
- Tip#3 –make sure the agent is bargaining or if you don’t have one – you should bargain yourself.
Every price you get from the landlord is usually higher than what the apartment is actually worth, so make sure your agent is doing bargaining for you.
For example, if he wants X amount of RMB – maybe he will not go down with the price, but he will agree to buy all new furniture, bed, TV etc, fill your kitchen with utensils etc.