When should I begin the house hunting process？
We suggest that you start searching for a place one or two months before your desired lease commencement date.If you start house hunting too early, generally landlords will not agree to hold their properties for you, thus diminishing the chance of negotiating the best lease rates for you.
· What type of housing is available for rent？
- There are many housing options from which to choose; you may choose to find housing in apartment complexes, houses, villas, or lanehouse/old garden house in downtown areas. It is important to discuss with your property consultant before you decide where to locate your family based on your housing budget, office location, children’s school and other preferences.
· Are most of the properties furnished in Shanghai？
- Yes. Most of the properties are furnished. However, some landlords can be flexible to remove part or all the furniture while somelandlords may refuse to remove any furniture simply because it is too much trouble to find someplace to store them. In some newly developed compounds, you may also request that the landlorddecorate the property according to your taste, such as purchasing the furniture together with the landlord or simply receiving a furniture allowance to buy the furniture by yourself.
What is usually provided in a fully furnished property？
- Electrical appliances (such as TV set, refrigerator, oven, microwave, washing machine, dryer, DVD player), furniture (bed, sofa, coffee table, dining table, dining cabinet, study table and etc.,), curtains or blinds.
What about a Parking Space？
- Most of the villas come with parking space; if not, it is likely you can park at the side of the road in front of your house. With apartments, you have to specifically ask and negotiate with the landlord, some landlords already purchased a parking space when they purchased the apartment, and some may not. Expect parking to involve an extra fee ranging from a few hundred CNY to 2,000 CNY/ month for a parking space. If you have a motorbike, a parking space may save you a lot of trouble as some compounds are very strict about parking.