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August 1st, 2003
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Flat (hello, ukelele!) update
current target: Bavli, Tel Aviv.
potential flats found so far: 5.
flat characteristics: air-conditioned, dedicated parking space. One flat mate.
next move: calling up people tomorrow morning. (precondition: waking up early)

Oy.

Current Mood: excited
Current Music: Wigwam -- Pig Storm

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From:antinous
Date:July 31st, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)

Good luck!

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And yet there are certain people who would switch places with you in a second!

Oy...

Good night!
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From:yggdrasil_
Date:July 31st, 2003 04:04 pm (UTC)

Some hints from my experience.

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I'm no good at this either - I tend to be an impulse shopper at the best of times and it doesn't seem to be different when the stakes are for thousands of dollars for a yearly commitment. Do what I did - find a friend with experience and a practical mindset and carry him/her along when you tour the flats. A person who'll know the things to ask and to look at.
Some points about which I learned to ask:

  • Cooking range - gas or electric? Gas is better

  • Boiler - electric or solar? Electric is more expensive to maintain

  • Electricity - ask about known problems

  • If the flat is currently occupied or you have access to a previous resident, ask them about maintenance problems that the landlord might skip over.

  • Even more important - ask them about the landlord and how well they got along

  • Check over the contract to make sure they don't have unusual clauses. A friend of mine had a clause that said that the rent will be computed according to the Dollar rate and will be recalculated if the Dollar goes up - but not DOWN. They had to argue over that one.

  • Umm, that's all that comes to mind right now. Good luck!
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From:passacaglio
Date:July 31st, 2003 11:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Some hints from my experience.

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also:

1. possible problems with sewege and running water during winter and summer times.

2. other physical damages to the house you should include in the contract.

3. rate of noise from the surroundings

4. Airways. You wouldn't imagine how much this is important.
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From:passacaglio
Date:July 31st, 2003 11:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Some hints from my experience.

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sewage.
From:raisinlike
Date:August 2nd, 2003 11:54 am (UTC)
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Ooh, I loved living in Bavli!

I had the most beautiful view of the little park and the Stock exchange buildings behind it, the park at a walking distance, all green and lovely an quiet. Yes, that is a great neighborhood.

Only one downside to it - huge huge property (mine was 450 per month, but hey, I had a huge flat 920$ rent so..)
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