Thursday, 30 July 2015
Renting Your New Home
I always look at every experience and think, Is there any way I can exploit it or just look at things as a learning curve.
Renting a condo or room is very much like that. You will quickly know what you like and what you do not. It is also paramount to consider what are your prerequisites, and what are the less essential so for me budget was top of the list and then 1 bedroom not a studio.
Now you may well say why not a studio. Living here in Pattaya it is more than likely you will have an overnight visitor which is one of the reasons we choose to leave our homeland and move to a place where you don’t understand the language, Culture or food. Although a great deal of fun will be had with your guest if they are Thai they like to sleep and it is not unusual for a Thai to sleep anything from 8-14 hours a day.
As it is probably in most of our D.N.A to get up and do something a local likes nothing better than sleeping or eating not sure what order comes first. Therefore having another bit of living space where you can escape to, Is why along with budget it remains at top of my shopping list.
Décor is a little lower down the list but there again if you have decided to stay for a while, you want something aesthetically pleasing as possible, because lets face it unless you are actively seeking liver damage spending every day in a bar drinking is not the wisest thing to do.
When you eventually find your habitat for however long, Your agent will request anything from 2 months rent upfront or at least 1 and half then you pay your monthly rent in advance so the initial outlay can be daunting but you will get your deposit back providing you have not broken damaged or lost anything that was there prior to taking on the property.
Note to self. Wise to do an inventory of some kind, and agree with whoever is responsible initially for renting you the place. Most Thais are honest but there will be horror stories of agents charging for the slightest thing they can get away with.