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Five tips for affordable apartment living

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Indonesia   /   Tue, November 29, 2016   /  12:00 am
Five tips for affordable apartment living Photos courtesy of Lifull ID (-/-)

Many people believe renting an apartment in the heart of the city is impossible because the cost is known to be sky-high. There are, however, many variables that determine the price of a property, including location, facilities and type.

If we understand these variables well, we can actually rent apartments at affordable prices. Furthermore, if we know how to rent in an affordable way, we can actually save more money for buying a house someday. It is not a problem if you choose to rent an apartment instead of renting a house.

As stated by Lifull Rumah, a website specializing in property advice, you can try the following five methods to rent an apartment at a low cost while making the same savings you would when renting a house.

  1. Find an apartment that suits your needs

Examine your needs carefully. If you want to live by yourself, then a studio-type apartment might be best for you. Studios are not very wide and have a very small amount of unused space but they have lower rents than similar types of apartments with specifications that might suit your needs.

Aside from that, never accept facilities that you know you will not use, like a gym (if they don’t come free of charge). This may help you to get the lowest rental fee possible. Don’t forget to negotiate about the rent and deposit. Also, never hesitate to negotiate prices that relate to things other than the apartment lease itself.

  1. Look for convenient locations

As previously mentioned, location is one of the main considerations in setting rent for apartments. A relatively convenient and promising location is more than enough; properties do not necessarily have to be located inside major business districts or the hustle-and-bustle of the city, where prices are no doubt unreachable for some people.

Certain indicators of convenient locations include ease of access to public transportation like Transjakarta bus stops or train stations. Apartments situated in convenient locations, although not located in the places where you conduct your activities, which usually come at a premium, can at least help you manage your spending better.

  1. Deal with agents specializing in apartments

If you are looking for a cheap apartment, try to contact a rental agent specializing in this property type. By asking direct questions to agents, you can get a number of viable alternatives.

  1. Find modest apartment units

In fact, not all leased apartment units come with complete facilities. Also, not all facilities will be in good condition. For example, paint or wallpaper on the walls may be worn out, or a room might have an old interior. If you don’t mind that situation, you may be able to use those points when negotiating a lower price.

  1. Consider staying with a roommate

Another way to save money is finding a roommate as it allows you to split bills. Even very small studio types that usually have the lowest rents still have enough space for two.

One of the fastest and easiest ways to obtain information on apartments that suit your budget is by checking out Property website such as Lifull Rumah. This site, providing a complete list of apartments available for lease, is highly recommendable for those looking for cheap apartments.

By checking the website, you can find apartments using various search filters, be it based on maps, transportation routes like the commuter line or Transjakarta, or universities like the University of Indonesia.

Aside from apartments, you can also find other types of properties through Lifull Rumah, like houses, boarding houses and office spaces for sale.

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