Are you planning to move to Helsinki? If yes, you’re at the right place. In this blog post I want to share with you some tips on how to find an apartment with less stress involved. Of course, moving from one place to another’s always a huge pain in the ass. Besides, it’s even more challenging to find a place to live in a city like Helsinki. But at least you can make this whole experience less stressful, if you learn more and make a plan before you start taking actions. Here is the list of steps, follow-up actions and resources for finding an apartment in Helsinki!

Sharing or having your own place

The most important decision to make in the first place is to analyze what living conditions are suitable for you. Can you live with someone else or do you need an apartment just for yourself? Are you looking for an apartment to share with your partner or friend? Or is it okay for you to live with some random person/people in a shared apartment? The choice is yours, but make it first to eliminate options and spend less time on something that simply doesn’t serve you.

Big spender or saver

I was told that you shouldn’t spend more than 1/3 of your income on housing costs (all included), and I agree on that. You should decide for yourself how much you’re ready to spend for your accommodation and check the apartments within these limits. Again, it’ll save your time, as you’ll focus only on affordable options. Besides, keep in mind that you will also have to pay a deposit that’s equal to 1-2 months rent and get some home insurance – yes, rent costs a lot in big cities, and you should have realized it before moving there.

Is location worth paying more?

Where’s your work or study place? Where’s your gym or dance classes? Where do people with whom you spend most time with live? How much time are you ready to spend on getting from a place A to a place B? Of course, having a train/bus/tram station somewhere near your building is an absolutely crucial thing. But how often does a public transport go there? How much time will you spend on using each means of transport? Set the limits to eliminate unacceptable options!

Tricky rental agreements

One more important thing to do before starting looking for apartments – decide on how long you’re planning to rent it. In most cases you have to stay in the apartment for 6-12 months. Is this option suitable for you? Whether you’re renting an apartment from a housing company or a private owner, people want to sign up a long-term rental agreement with you, and it means that you won’t be able to leave the apartment at 1-month notice period before a certain date. My advice: if you’re not sure about the time frame or the situation regarding your work place or private life, search for a short-term apartments. It will save you money and nerves.

Your assets effect your decision

There’re two types of apartments: furnished and non-furnished (oh my, who could expect that!). If you want to keep your assets and bring them along to your new apartment, the non-furnished options suit you just fine. But what if you sold your furniture before moving to a new city, where your life situation’s not clear yet? Fully-furnished apartments might be your option then.

According to my research, you spend just 50-100 euros more for rent, but you don’t have to buy all the necessary stuff to the apartment where you won’t stay long. Of course, tastes and needs differ. Some people want to live in a super-comfortable and cozy apartment and buy some brand new furniture, while others’re okay with essentials and second-hand items. So, assets should be taken into consideration before making a final decision.

Attention! You should follow all these steps and answer all these questions before you start searching for apartments because it will help you stay focused and save time by checking out only suitable options! Once you’ve done this part of the process, you can go online and search for available apartments. Here are the places that I personally used to look for suitable options and compare the prices (my advice: check the offers several times a day and call the owner straight away, if you don’t want to miss a good apartment):

– Websites (personal owners) -> Oikotie and Vuokaovi

– Facebook groups (personal owners) -> Group #1 , Group #2 and Group #3

– Sato (a housing company) -> leave an application here

I hope that my tips will help you find a suitable apartment with less stress. If this information was useful to you, please share it with your relatives, friends and colleagues who want to figure out the way how to deal with this challenge in the most effective and efficient way!

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