There are several reasons to move up North.
The Great White North, that is.
Canada is filled with friendly people, lucrative career opportunities, and some of the best views you will ever experience in your life! The crime rate is relatively low, there is always something fun to do on the weekends (even in winter), and the food is a fabulously eclectic mix of cultures.
If you are not a local, buying a house can be a little tricky.
After all, you don’t want to invest in the wrong area or buy at a bad time for a perfect property. One way around this problem is to rent a fully furnished apartment while you are still looking for the perfect place to call home permanently.
Below are five things you should look for in a fully furnished apartment:
1. How Fully Is Fully?
Many places claim to rent out fully furnished apartments, and just as many places lie.
Just because an apartment has a stove and a bed, does not mean it classifies as a fully furnished rental. Find out what the fully furnished rental you are interested in comes with – because a handful of furniture items do not make a furnished apartment.
Fully furnished rentals in and around Canada are more than bare-boned rentals – that part is not rocket science, but you need to find out what you will be paying for with a rental apt.
Check for helpful amenities that will make your life easier while you live there, like housekeeping, fast Wi-Fi, and a gym.
The more you can do from home, the more time you can spend doing the things you love instead of tracking four blocks to a laundromat.
3. An Elevator
It is always a fantastic idea to stay in furnished apartments when visiting North York for the first time.
That way you can spend your time getting to know the city and not wandering around aimlessly from house to house, looking for the best place to live. Rent a furnished apartment and spend your spare time enjoying your new surroundings, making friends, and experiencing new things.
When finding the perfect rental, be sure to look for one with an elevator if you are above the first few floors – you will be glad that you did when it comes time to carry groceries upstairs.
4. Parking Facilities
If you have a car, you may want to check what the parking arrangements are for the rental you are interested in. Some apartments come with one free parking space, but you will want to make sure that it is in a safe area and not too far from the building.
Underground parking is best, particularly during winter – you do not want to have to hunt for your car after a blizzard.
5. Noisy Neighbors
While you often cannot ask your neighbors this question outrightly, you can suss the situation out from the other people in the building.
That is not a cut-and-dry thing, but it pays to visit the building at night when everyone is home from work. Be on the lookout for things like loud music and chatter, especially if you have a baby or toddler.
Do not judge a book by its cover – not all young people are party animals. You may have to go with your gut on this if the neighbors do not want to dish the dirt on their apartment situation.
Take time to relax and enjoy your new surroundings; Canada is magical!