Rent an apartment in Qingdao requires planning, although it has had a real estate boom in recent years in Qingdao ,but there aren’t a wide range Qingdao apartments available
for rent for foreigners as the decoration and furniture style are
different with the requirement of expats. Rental contract of the Qingdao
apartments or villas can also be confusing, so it’s best to have a
Qingdao real estate agent to negotiate the deal.
Step 1: Find a trustable local agent You’d better choose some agents who can speak English and they should be the company, but not individual agent, as you know, the company can ensure the service to be continuous, and more trustable. Home Solutions Real Estate Co.,Ltd is
the top real estate agent and relocation company in Qingdao, most
employees in their company have the background of working or studying
abroad, the company have worked with many MNC in Qingdao, such as BOSCH
,NESTLE, Maersk, Jones Long Lasalle etc. Many expats in Qingdao will
introduce the company to you if you checked with them.
Step 2:Choose the most suitable area for living Most of the expats will choose the east of Shinan district and Laoshan
district as their home in Qingdao, the east of Shinan district is the
traditional CBD of Qingdao, many choices for shopping and fun, also plenty of office space can be chosen as the office. However ,The problem of Shinan is too crowd and headache traffic jam.
Hate this? Go to Laoshan, wider road ,less people ,fresher air, with
nice sea view houses, villas and apartments .The centre of Laoshan
district is also convenient for life, but you’d better have a car if you
chose some other area of Laoshan, specially the east area of Laoshan
district. The reason is that finding a taxi there need take your time Please also be noted that most Qingdao international schools are located
in Laoshan district, you can choose there if the kids need go to
international schools and don’t want to waste time on the road.
Step 3:Leasing Contract Negation Once an apartment has been chosen, usually the rent and deposit are
given directly to the landlord. If the lease contract is signed for a
long period ,e.g one year, you might be get a better price. Normally the
landlords in Qingdao will ask the tenant to pay the rent of one year in
advance, some of them can accept the payment to be paid by half a year
or there months, of course the rent price will be higher than yearly
payment. Only quite few landlords in Qingdao can accept the rent to be
paid by month. Of course a good agent such as Home Solutions can help you get a better and satisfied result. Don’t forget that the contract should be written in both English and Chinese, then you can check detail about the rental items.
Step4: Others The payment of water, gas, electricity, phone, internet, and heating etc
for each apartment might be different, so check detail when you sign
the lease.. The heating fee of some apartments have been included into the rental
fee, otherwise you will have to pay it before the middle of Nov of each
year. Water and gas fees are either included in the rent, or paid every
two month by yourself . Tap water is not drinkable in Qingdao, so you
can equip a water dispenser (can be found at many supermarkets ) for
your cold drinking water. Home Solutions Real Estate can help you to do this and they will provide all the tenancy management during your stay in Qingdao. Also please remember some essential telephone nos, e.g the Police tel in China is 110 ,Fire tel is 119 ,but not 911.You can check the relocation info of http://www.relocationtoqingdao.com for more detail.
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