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How to Find the Perfect Airbnb Apartment

September 8, 2015

Part of the fun of taking a new work assignment is finding a unique place to call home for a while. The Internet has opened up online opportunities in the past few years that give you a better look at available housing in a variety of areas.

Airbnb is an online marketplace that specializes in interesting temporary accommodations for travelers and it covers everything from vacation homes to apartments to castles. The key is to know how to use this resource effectively as you travel. Read below to learn how to find an Airbnb apartment that fits your needs.

Define Your Goals

Start by answering some questions about what you are looking for in a temporary home.

  • What is your price range?

  • What amenities do you require?

  • Do you have a style or decor preference?

These are all questions you want to answer before you start shopping.

Tie Down the Exact Dates of your Assignment

Many temporary housing situations change based on date. Don’t guess about how long you are staying or exactly when the assignment begins. Get the facts down before you start your search. That way you don’t fall in love with a place only to find out it is out of your price range.

Get the Lingo Right

Airbnb offers different housing options, so it helps if you know the lingo. Entire apartment means you are renting a full apartment just for your own needs. Private room, on the other hand, means you will be sharing communal space with other people, most likely a TV area and kitchen. Some shared arrangements include the bathroom, as well.  

Keep a List

A spreadsheet is a nice touch because it allows you to gather all your information together and sort it. Add any apartment that you send a request for information on your spreadsheet. As the responses come in, you can record them along with price quotes and contact names. Add the following information about each property:

  • Furnished or not

  • Parking details

  • Miles to work

  • Nearest grocery store

  • Neighborhood assets like a biking trail or gym

Be a Smart Shopper

Really investigate each listing.

  • Does the owner have up-to-date information and pictures?

  • Are they active users?

  • Do they show verified pictures? This means someone is vouching for their accuracy.

  • Do they have multiple listings? Some users rent apartments and then re-rent them week to week on Airbnb. This means the property may not be as well cared for and can lack the personal touches that come with a private owner.

  • Check out the neighborhood to make sure it is safe. If the user is renting the property, it may be in a low rent and less safe area of town.

Make sure to read the reviews on the property, too. If there are no reviews, move on to the next listing.

Airbnb is a great resource as long as you are willing to put some effort into it. You are looking for a place to call home for several weeks. With due diligence, you can find your dream apartment.

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