How to Rent an Apartment In Thailand
If your planning on staying in Thailand on the long term, then getting a hotel for the entire time is just too expensive, great for a holiday but not for long-term, would you get a hotel for long time in your own country?
Renting an apartment is the cheapest way to get accomodation in Thailand for the long-term. There are two types of apartments, serviced apartments and self service apartments. The basic difference is one you clean and one you don't clean. I'd suggest not going with a serviced apartment because you may as well be in a hotel which basically what it is. A self service apartment is great for privacy.
How much should you pay for an apartment in Thailand
Prices for apartments in Thailand vary Greatly there is the low low end and then there is the high end. A low end apartment will set you back between 1200 - 3000 baht per month, typically these types of apartments do not come with air conditioner. If your on a super budget then this is the way to go.
The middle end of the Thailand condo apartment market prices range from 3500 - 10,000 baht per month. These will always come with air conditioner (though electric is not included).
The high end apartment costs roughly 15,000 up to 100,000 per month. These are typically always serviced with cleaning lady, though not every day maybe weekly and monthly, some include electricity but most don't. They almost always have swimming pools and gym's avaialble to people living there. The high end condo's are typically located in places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya.
Things to know before you rent an apartment in Thailand
A few things you should keep in mind when you rent an apartment in Thailand.
- Electricity is never included, roughly running 1000 watts will cost you between 5-7 baht. An air conditioner in your room will be running about 2000 watts so that's about 10 baht per hour to run the air!
- You will need to have your passport in order to rent an apartment
- Keep in mind contracts of 3months to 1 year on the apartment make sure you are willing to commit to them.
- There will normally be a 2 month deposit required in order to move in.
- Make sure you take pictures and have them developed the day you move in, when you go to get your deposit back you don't want them to say something was broken only to be left you out of pocket.
- Ensure you check the electrical meter yourself when you move in and every month the electric is due so that you don't get ripped off.
How to Find an apartment or condo in Thailand
Apartments and condominiums are all over thailand, I think the vast majority of people in Thailand must live in apartments, as they are cheap and easy to keep. The major cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya have hundreds of thousands of apartments. The best way to find an apartment in Thailand is by reference from someone who has already stayed there. Secondly you can search for available apartments on classifieds sites, these are typically private rentals from foreigners who have purchased an apartment but no longer live in it. Thirdly you can visit Mr Room Finder the site offers a large number of apartments for rent mostly by large apartment complexes, if your overseas looking for an apartment in Thailand then this is really your only choice.
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