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    Deborah Etim
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    One of the most important aspects of relocating abroad is finding a new house in your destination country. If you’re like most people, you’re probably unclear how to find apartments for rent. Here are three tips to help you plan your move and make the house-hunting process go more smoothly.

    <b style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;”>• Use your contacts abroad: Use the experience of friends who live in that country or coworkers who have relocated before you to gather the information about finding an apartment there. You could ask them how they found their apartment and if they can help you find one.

    Check the internet: You can check on the internet to get an idea of what to expect and reach out to house agents. Make sure to be vigilant enough to detect scams ads to avoid falling victim. You can find a verified house agent in the area you want on the internet. Search for reputable international real estate agencies that can assist you to get accommodation. Request a virtual walkthrough of the place with audio via video call once you’ve narrowed down your list. Take a tour of the entire property and request a full view of the street. Check to see if there is any street noise or other potential distractions. There are also popular services like Airbnb, Zillow, and Trulia.

    • Ask your HR: If you are moving abroad as a result of a job offer, you should check in with your HR if accommodation is catered for. Some organisations provide temporary accommodation or relocation assistance for their staff. This will ease off the stress of finding accommodation yourself.
    It is important that you have a budget in mind for you to narrow your search to the kind of apartments you are looking out for. Remember to always be careful before making any payments if you find an apartment on the internet.

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