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How to rent an apartment – starting points

These tips are based on our experience when moving to Gran Canaria with baby twins for a winter time. We spent there 6 months from October to April. We started searching for the apartment quite in advance, but the more pictures and descriptions we analyzed, the more questions aroused. After all, we had some really bad experiences and want to share with others, that people could avoid some troubles with the apartment rent and have some more relaxing time in this paradise land.

So here is our advice and some tips, how to find a suitable accommodation for your winter or holiday in Gran Canaria. These are the very first steps, the starting points.

1. SET THE CRITERIA. Make a short list of the main criteria for the place you are looking. Our list was quite a long one at the beginning (10 or more, including easy beach access, dishwasher, dryer, and balcony). After some time in Las Palmas we were ok with the 4-5 main criteria points (such as Internet, location, quiet place and comfort for babies). Here is a list of some criterias we worked-out. This might be helpful for the family with kids or babies.

Criteria for an apartment with kids in Gran Canaria

  • Location: less than 5 minutes walk to the beach and promenade,
  • Quiet place – no loud bars or pubs nearby,
  • Elevator or the zero floor – easy movement with the babies twins stroller,
  • Internet,
  • Ready to live: tableware, bed-clothes, vacuum cleaner, etc.
  • Washing machine,
  • Dishwasher,
  • Dryer (there is a lot of sun, but because of the ocean, the weather is quite wet).
  • Balcony – preferrable (to enjoy some rest in the evening while babies are sleeping).

When you have set the main list of things and criteria for your place, start searching for the right option.

2. UNDERSTAND THE MARKET. Start searching for the flat or apartment in advance. This will help you understand the supply on the market and what are the price ranges. Check the prices of the preffered apartments and price range in your preffered quarter.

3. LONG TERM OR SHORT TERM. Usually the long-term is counted from 6 months in Gran Canaria, but some of the owners count it from 3 months. Sometimes owners rent only for 1 year and more. Long term means that you pay the regular price like the local and not the double one like if you were a tourist on vacation here. So be sure that if you are here for the winter, you take the long rent proposal

4. CHOOSE THE LOCATION: SOUTH OR NORTH? Gran Canaria is a wonderful destination which has a variety of climates to choose for the visitors. South is the never-ending summer paradise, and  North is more like the Spring destination with the breath of fresh air, some sun, some wind and rain.

Your decision where to live depends on your needs, family situation and if you do or do not have a car while you stay in Gran Canaria. Consider the following questions which will help to decide what is right for you:

  • South or North part of the island (summer or spring)?
  • Bigger town, city or small town, village?
  • Beach or surrounded by mountains?

You can learn more about different locations, find some tips and pictures of the places here: How to choose the location – South part of the island.

5. SEARCH FOR APARTMENT. Find our tips how to find an apartment. Where to search for it: internet sources, our experience and local real estate agencies. And then visit them as it is advised on the above paragraph.

6. HAVE A LOOK BEFORE RENTING. Our best advice – do not rent a place for all your stay in advance. Why? Simple – it can be in the bad neighborhood, it can look differently than you expected from the pictures, it can be noisy, it can be not so comfortable for kids or you and so far and so on. This is very important when living with kids or babies.

So what to do?This is what we did and were happy about it. Rent an apartment or stay in the hotel for 1-2 weeks when you arrive in Gran Canaria. There is a number of good options for a short stay on airbnb or housetrip. We recommend (if available) to choose the short stay apartment or studio in the same quarter where you would like to live for the whole time.

When you arrive buy the prepaid card with the local number. (We got one from Yoigo). Calling from local number or connecting on Whatsapp makes it easier to communicate with locals in Gran Canaria.

Arrange the meetings and go see the places you like. If you are with the kids – take them with you as well as their stroller (you might want to test the elevator).

7.CHECK NEIGHBOURHOOD. Check with locals, talk to them if there are no loud bars or catering places around your apartment. We rented a studio flat for one week when arrived in Las Palmas. It was in our preferred quarter of Puerto-Canteras, in Nicolas Estevanez Street, just a few steps from Thomas Miller street. And we were so fortunate not to rent it for the whole period! It was more suitable for a young couple, willing to party a lot, day and night or night and day.

The street was really noisy from the bars around and the intensive traffic, which is not so nice with two babies. So we decided to avoid such streets as Thomas Miller, Nicolas Estevanez, Sagasta or Bernardo de la Torre. However this does not mean that all the building in these streets are in the noisy areas. The apartment which is oriented to the inner yard, can be very calm even in one of those streets.

Las Palmas is a charming and vital city full of day and night life. Just you have to check the area and the building before moving in.

8.CALCULATE THE FINAL PRICE. To calculate the final monthly rate you have to add all the additional fees and services that might occur. Such as internet, water, electricity, agency fees, etc. Here is a detailed information on all the prices and fees for rent in Gran Canaria.

9. SIGN THE AGREEMENT. We have signed one agreement with Bramb and we learned from our mistakes. Take the recent pictures, put everything in writing, do not trust word of mouth. Here is a post with our story and tips about what you need to know before signing the rent agreement with local agencies or even private owners.

I hope that this information is useful. If you have any questions, need an advice or want to share your experience, please do so in the comment section below. Will be glad to help.

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