SF trip booked

Thursday, August 31 2006

Next week, we will fly to SF and do the Immigration bit, which is the final thing in the visa process. The main purpose of the trip is to find a flat to live in.

We are looking for a two bedroom flat. If anyone has any good advice, I would be grateful to hear them.

  • Do’s or Don’t’s
  • Common mistakes
  • Always check …
  • Estate agents are …
  • Always ask …

Plz either post them here on my blog or send me an email : akalizze @ gmail.com (no spaces) and I will be yours forever 😉

I will be flying home on a delicate date, 11 September, but I can’t let any that stop me cos then I have been intimidated by the baddies.

5 Responses to “SF trip booked”

  1. capricorncringe Says:

    I only have a small list of “always ask” questions and a few do’s/don’ts.
    I don’t live in a large city, so the perks and amenities are probably different. These are listed in the order that I think of them and not necessarily ranked by importance. 🙂

    1. If you have your own version of TFC, find out if there is a pet deposit – and find out if the rent is higher if you have a pet.

    2. If you don’t have a car, look for an apartment on or near a bus route. That is advice for my small town, but San Francisco has better public transit and cab service will be readily available. If you’re going to have a car, look for a place that either has a private parking lot (and you might have to pay extra for it) or has lots of street parking available (which I understand is rare in SF).

    3. I don’t know what the ‘rule’ is in S.F., but in my part of the country, some landlords pay some utilities. In my new apartment, my landlord pays the water (which is great!). Ask if they pay any utilities – most places (here) will pay for trash removal. Some places pay gas and trash or they may not pay anything at all, but it never hurts to ask. 🙂

    I’ve never used an agent because agents are largely unnecessary here – but depending on what you’re looking for and what you can afford, an agent might be a good way to go for you.

    I just realized I’m a bit inebriated. I’ll shut up. lol

  2. Johannes Says:

    Make sure to wear some flowers in your hair 😉

  3. Lizze Says:

    capricorncringe – this is good stuff 🙂 many thx It is the things that you take for granted in your country that doesn’t go in any other.

    Johannes – fuuuunnnnny 🙂

  4. capricorncringe Says:

    clarification: when I said “here” I meant Kansas City, not the U.S. as a whole. So if I were going to a place like SF or New York, I would use an agent. If you’re familiar with the city, it might not be a good idea. Like here, I know which neighborhoods are good and which are bad. I know what to ask as far as moving in expenses go, so an agent wouldn’t be necessary. If I were going to another country .. you bet I would get a real estate agent to help me!

    Good luck! I’m so excited for you 😀

  5. desmond Says:

    don’t say bad against the Chargers (acording to my cousin) at bars for beleive it or not, most SF likes San Diego more than the 49ers…:D

    and oh by the way…also make sure you won’t forget to dream on winter’s day…:D