💡Smart Tips for Foreigners to Rent a House in Daegu!!
General Rent Houses for foreigners in Daegu
Soon it will be the season for in a flock of new people to move into this city, Daegu. When I was in Daegu for the first time, I had a tight experience. I had no information then. So, I’d like to give you some good tips and information to find a house to stay in Daegu for newcomers and foreigners to relocate to new location. Most of them will be faced with the problem to find a new place to stay, which has led me to provide some tips to get the most suitable place for you.
The picture above is a typical street in Daegu; of both old brick houses and the more modern one room houses.
The old houses were usually built in light red brick, and are very strong and more spacious than the modern houses. It is usually owned by elderly Korean women who are very kind and caring. These houses are cheaper (depending on your proximity to town) and usually use gas for cooking. On the other hand, the more modern style One-rooms are usually not that strong, especially sound proof is not good, but very comfortable and has all amenities required. Usually tenants at modern style One-rooms uses electric inductors for cooking instead of gas (more safe to me) and electronic key and also electronic gates with cctv (surveillance camera).
The most popular type of renting a house for foreigners is “One-room”, studio apartment (both old and modern forms). The One-room (studio) has a small kitchen, a toilet and some basic furniture (modern buildings) at one place.
Also “Hasuk” (boarding house, similar to homestay) or share house is another housing system in which you get a common kitchen, a restroom and a drinking water dispenser each floor.
TIPS to Find a House
Because the property value in Korea is really high. Most houses in Korea are built very close to each other which results in some rooms not getting proper ventilation or sunlight. If you are the type that enjoys natural light, do ensure to take note of this.
Parking lots are very tiny, hence, a lot of parking in the streets. You will have to share the one or too parking lot with other tenants which makes it impossible to use at times, do take note of this.
Usually you have to pay some deposits which you will get at the end of your lease contract, please do ensure you read your contract properly.
Personally, I prefer a type of rent including all utilities, which many modern one rooms do. Once I pay my rent I know I have paid for management fees including internet and electricity.
To get a house quickly, you need to use real estate agents which require a commission, but you can just walk around with you Korean speaking friend and call some of the ads around (especially the ones written “주인직접” / direct contact to owner). It means there is no real estate agency between a leaser and a lease. No need to pay the commission for real estate agents.
In conclusion, it is advised to thoroughly check out any house before signing the contract and making any form of payments. Because once the contract is signed, it is quite difficult to cancel without paying penalty. Also for those just moving to a new location, don’t forget to update your address at the immigration office within two weeks.