7/13/2017 17:18 EST
Hi Stephanie, here's my insight:
I've been here exactly 2 weeks, and found my current apartment 10 days after arriving. Prices are expensive, but it's to be expected when living in any city, especially close to the city centre. There's so much I can tell you so I'll keep it in bullet points:
- There's a lot more demand than supply, so the landlords/agents are very picky and only choose the tenants which they believe are most reliable i.e. best salary, best references, etc.
- If you have a job in Dublin with a good salary before coming here, that's a huge plus. If you don't have a job, you will find it very difficult to get an apartment.
- Do your research beforehand re prices, locations, etc. Daft.ie is the only site you need, everything is on there. First decide if you want a room share, single room, whole apartment, etc and start searching.
- As soon as you arrive start sending messages on Daft.ie on the listings you want to view, ASAP when you arrive!
- I know this sounds harsh, but agents are snakes. They don't care about you and will leave you hanging. A lot of them don't even have basic manners. So if you try to contact an agent and they ignore your calls/emails, it probably means the apartment is taken. That's what happened to me and I wasted 2 days because of it.
- Weekends are wasted - most agents don't work on weekends.
- Have your references and enough cash for a deposit ready in hand, the agent/landlord will ask you for them ASAP. If you don't have them, they might skip you and choose someone else. References = proof that you have a job, ex-landlord references, bank statements, anything showing you are reliable and have good bank credit. Deposit is usually one month's worth of rent up front.
- Know exactly what you want. If you view an apartment you like, you should tell the agent/landlord on the spot that you want it and that you have all your references ready. Let me give you an example: 5 days after I arrived, I saw an apartment I really really liked. I viewed the apartment at 5pm and told the agent I would think it over. At 7pm I contacted him by phone to tell him I liked it, but it was too late - it was already taken within that time!
- Get a temporary location before coming e.g. AirBnB. 2 weeks was just enough for me.
- Ideally, arrange with your employer to start work AFTER you've found an apartment. I started a new job during the week when I found the apartment and needed to move, and it was very difficult.
So those points basically sum up my experience. Good luck and if you need any help just message/email me :)
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