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Christmas Markets

December 16, 2012 admin 0

This is one of the coolest things about living in France! For one month, Place Victor Hugo and Place Grenette (and a couple of other ones that I haven’t been to) are filled with log-house kiosks selling everything from pretzels to wooden toys. The weather has been a bit …

Chateau Vizille

December 4, 2012 admin 1

Oops! Almost forgot to post this one. It was only a few weeks ago, but seems like much longer with the huge change in weather the last few days. I was convinced that the sunny weather wouldn’t last too long, so when I woke up a few Saturdays ago and saw sunshine, I ran …

Fall in Grenoble

November 20, 2012 admin 0

With all the cold, dark, damp weather we’ve had here for the last few weeks, it’s been hard to appreciate fall in Grenoble. While there aren’t any fiery red leaves that I’m used to (they’re more of a burnt out brown here), the nature is still ver …

Finally a Sunny Day

November 14, 2012 admin 0

I love Grenoble but what I do miss about Canada are the beautiful fall colours and sunshine. The last few weeks we’ve had rain, fog, rain, fog, some snow and clouds. It’s been pretty warm, but the wind and rain make going outside a miserable experience. Luckily, w …

How to Search For an Apartment Rental in Mississauga City

November 9, 2012 admin 2

Are you searching for an apartment rental Mississauga? Mississauga City is in Canada, next to Toronto. It has many malls which make it a favorite destination for shopping. Apartments are units of rooms in one residence or building. You can either rent them on a monthly basis or lease, for example, a year.

Searching for one can be a challenging experience. The reason is that some get managed by real estate agencies while other others have their owners as managers. They also have different terms and conditions for renting. This post gives you 10 tips to use when searching for an apartment rental Mississauga.


Budget
  • When searching an apartment rental Mississauga, you should have a budget in mind. Your rent should not exceed 30% of your total monthly earnings. That ensures you don’t have problems paying your rent on time.
  • You can also decide to partner with your colleagues or friends and share out the rent.


Platforms to Look For
  • You should also choose which medium to use when looking an apartment rental Mississauga.
  • They include newspaper classifieds, the Internet, property magazines and also bulletin boards. You can also consider using real estate agents.
  • They have access to many houses that are available for rent. However, keep in mind that they earn by getting commissions for finding an apartment for you to rent.


Neighborhood
Resume
  • Renting an apartment also needs you to prepare your resume. That’s because real estate agents or owners also prefer to deal with trustworthy tenants.
  • They need to know your previous address and monthly income. Your credit card report and referees are also a requirement. Apartments are investments. That means they need to know if their tenants have the ability to pay rent.


Services Available
  • Identify the type of services offered after paying rent, for example, electricity, water, cable and also Internet connection.
  • You also need to know the average utility bills amount. You don’t want to be surprised by large bills, do you?


Read Your Contract
  • The next step when searching for an apartment rental Mississauga, is to read your contract before signing. You need to check its beginning and expiry dates, the rent and deposit, termination of contract reasons, any penalties for moving early and if they allow subletting.
  • You also need to know who's in charge of repairs and policies about visitors. Remember to check if you need to purchase renters insurance.


Physically inspect the Apartment before Signing Contacts
  • You need to see the apartment before signing. Avoid renting those with automatic renewal clauses.
  • That’s because you may need to relocate abroad or move to another Canadian City as result of work or business reasons.


Check the Condition of the Amenities
  • You should also inspect the apartment’s windows and sink faucets to know if they are working. Avoid renting those with leaking taps, faulty electrical appliances such as heaters and those with windows that don’t lock properly.
  • Remember to also ask about the noise level policy.


Know Who You Will Be Dealing With Personally
  • You should also know who you will be dealing with concerning complaints or queries. That’s because you may find it’s the owner or real estate agencies.


Getting the Deal Done
  • The final step is to agree on the rent or lease. Always make sure you negotiate. That’s by offering to sign a long-term contract in exchange for a reduction on the average monthly rent.
  • You should also consider paying a higher deposit. Don’t give ultimatums. The reason is you may get a fast and negative answer.


Final Thoughts

Finding an apartment rental Mississauga, should be easier using the above post. Check your budget estimates and read online reviews of Mississauga real estate agencies

Grenoble in Black and White

October 29, 2012 admin 0

When walking around the city center, it’s really important to do one thing: look up. While most of the buildings are lined with large-windowed shops on the ground floor, the subsequent floors are beautifully decorated with ornaments in different styles. After fiddling a …

Life is goooooood

October 21, 2012 admin 2

This weekend was exactly what I pictured when moving to France: wine, foie gras, wine, more wine, wine. Not only did the weather rewind back to summer (right after I bought a new winter coat! Maybe if I buy mittens in a few weeks the magic will work again?), but the annual Mi …

Kiwis and Snow

October 11, 2012 admin 0

So far, autumn in Grenoble has been awesome! The weather is still pretty warm and not too rainy. For a few days in September it got unseasonably cold, enough so that there was snow on the peaks of the mountains. It was very picturesque and a nice preview of what winter will l …

Phantom Feet

October 7, 2012 admin 0

While I was waiting for the train in Lyon, I took some ghost-like photos (first one was an accident, then I just couldn’t stop!)   Follow my blog with Bloglovin