Various apartments for rent in a complex
Looking for a clean, safe, and low-priced Hanoi apartment for rent is one of the most concerns of foreigners when first arrive in Vietnam. In an entirely strange place, it is not easy at all. And not many people know how to find an apartment quickly, cost-effectively, and without losing money for estate agencies.
The article today will reveal several tips and tricks to look for an appropriate apartment in Hanoi for you.
A serviced apartment for rent in Hanoi
Use the internet
Google is probably the first thing popping out of your head when it comes to finding cheap apartments for rent in Hanoi. It is the simplest way because thousands of results will appear after you hit “Search.” Nevertheless, 95 percent of the information on the internet is published by estate agencies. Hence, the first thing you need to do is to utilize correct keywords and the other is to select proper information.
About keywords, you can use “apartment for rent in Hanoi,” “apartment for rent + an area/district in Hanoi,” or “Hanoi apartments for rent.” The results you get will be the most precise. Then, when you click on a title, you should notice its publishing time. If it says several years ago, that apartment may already have had someone rented.
The next step is to identify whether the publisher is an owner or agency. Just copy the phone number in the contact section and paste it into Google search. If it is an agency, all information about it will come into view, such as house or land for sales. On the contrary, if it is an owner, you are lucky.
Contacting agencies is an option. However, in case they ask for 30-50 percent of first-month-rental-fee, you should be careful because that can be a scam.
Use your social network
Taking advantage of your social network
This is the most effective method when you have some Vietnamese friends or your friends living as expats in Hanoi. They know the place better than you so they can tell you which areas are secured, how the landlords are, or prices are high or low.
If you don’t have any friends like that, get access to Facebook groups of expats and upload your question. A lot of people are willing to answer. Hanoi Expats and Hanoi Massive are two groups that you can count on. Especially, many owners often post information about their cheap apartments for rent in Hanoi to Hanoi Massive. Therefore, it will be a great chance for you.
– Hanoi Massive: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1060066574038256/
– Hanoi Expats: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hanoiexpat/
Cheap apartments Hanoi do not always have an acceptable quality. Therefore, you need to set some of your own standards to find the most suitable one.
Area and price
Hoan Kiem District – Center of Hanoi
These are two initial criteria that you have to consider while looking for apartments for rent in Hanoi. The closer it is to downtown, the higher the prices are. Pay attention to areas which are convenient for your work or travel. It will be cheaper if they are near schools, universities and better when in a densely populated area, near markets, and hospitals. Despite traffic jam in some districts, it will not be a problem because you can take a bus, start going early, or find clear road to go.
Another part to think about is the price, which needs to fit your budget. Normal apartments are about $500 – $2000 per month. Serviced apartments in Hanoi are a little more expensive, which vary from $600 to $3000 per month.
Fees for services
If you have a vehicle, ask the owner whether he charges parking fees. Also, you can inquire the prices of power, water, and wi-fi. They can be separated or comprised of the rental fees so it is better to have a clear answer before making a decision. If those fees are within your ability, congratulations! You have found the right apartment for rent in Hanoi.