Finding cheap accommodation is a sport in which many of us regularly engage, and we all have our “small technical” tips we use to find the rare pearl.
Since this is my case now, and since I have become a “specialist” since I am in my ninth house, I wanted to share with you the methods I use to find an room for rent, at the best price !
Use modern tools to find an inexpensive hotels
If you have a picture of a person with a big folder under his arm in real estate agency that real estate agency in a strict no no. And this is probably not the best way to find an apartment today! Use coupons from oyorooms to find everything you are looking for.
I’m not saying that it is no longer possible to find an apartment or hotel by the “traditional” way, but if you want to put the odds on your side, it is best to create alerts and saved searches on all search sites.
Since you are no longer limited to a date or time of publication of a newspaper, do not hesitate to check every hour.
The iPhone / iPad / Android
This is the corollary of the first point, if you go through the internet and you have a smartphone / tablet: do not hesitate to use the “push” it to alert you to the arrival of a new coupon. They also allow you to always carry your ad watch list / Remember, you’re at home, outdoors, at work.
Google maps / street-view
Again, the magic of the internet: Instead of waiting for the day of the visit to see what kind of a neighborhood or building that interests you, you can directly from your computer or smartphone. A quick glance will give you certainly not a definitive idea but already well on the head of the building you are visiting, so you can detect any disappointments (rarely highlighted in the ads) and make the around the neighborhood to see if it matches your criteria / tastes.
Scanner / Printer
Rather than making copies of your files, I advise you to digitize everything in a dedicated folder on your computer. You can then generate a click X folders for X hotels you are planning on staying
Some agencies come (finally) to digital and you will not even need to print the file but just the email, which is simpler, faster and avoids you to move!
Revealing the hidden / indirect costs and think in total annual Cost
The mistake we all make when we try to find a place to stay is to focus on the cost “raw” the rent, or some other criteria come into play and can make a big difference in the end:
Be careful as to attract shoppers, some owners / agencies inform a price excluding charges and these can be very high especially if the building has a caretaker, a lift, a garden and above all central heating . For example, I recently visited an place with 2000 daily charges fees or nearly 20% of the total! So take good account of the hidden costs in your calculations.
Apartments instead of hotels
If you plan on an extended stay at a place then i recommend to rent an apartment than stay at a hotel.The main advantage of staying at an apartment is the failure to pay high fees for longer stay, so if possible try to go through this path.
Find an apartment rental at a cost: you have not only direct costs such as renting a van / truck for transport to see go through a company movers, but also indirect costs as a reinstatement of apartment as you leave, termination of your various subscriptions may result in charges, forwarding your mail to your new address etc.
Remember to consider all these costs into your final equation.