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Your Questions About Studio Apt

April 26, 2012

Nancy asks…

How much are water & garbage bills for a typical Studio apt. around Union Square in San Francisco?

My landlord asks me to pay all utilities myself and I’d like to know approximately monthly bills I have to pay.
Thanks :)

Administrator answers:

No more than 50 dollars a month for both…

Richard asks…

Would is be very expensive to rent a studio apt. or 1 bedroom apartment near the beach in Sydney Austailia?

I will be moving from Chicago to Sydney for 2 years with my company – what can I expect to pay in Australian dollars monthly for rent in a studio apt or 1 bedroom near the beach.

Also do they do credit checks for renters in australia? Would they run a credit check on someone for the US renting an apartment?

Administrator answers:

Sydney is not on the beach.

James asks…

Have you lived in a studio apt?

Have you lived in a studio apt? What did you like about it? What didn’t you like about it?

Administrator answers:

Yes, I have lived in a studio apartment.. I liked the fact that it was cost efficient for me.. I liked the efficient nature of the set up.. I didn’t like the lack of space as time went on. All in all, it is not a bad place to have if you don’t have a lot of possessions.

John asks…

My studio apt is small. I want a modern look, what stain should I use for wood floors and kitchen cabinets?

Administrator answers:

I would use a light stain on the floors and cabinets. My house is small and we have both dark floors and cabinets. It makes the room look even smaller, and it is also a bear to clean! If you don’t like the lighter stains go for something in the medium tones then. Just avoid the dark.

Lisa asks…

Would is be very expensive to rent a studio apt. or 1 bedroom apartment near the beach in Sydney Austailia?

I will be moving from Chicago to Sydney for 2 years with my company – what can I expect to pay in Australian dollars monthly for rent in a studio apt or 1 bedroom near the beach.

Also do they do credit checks for renters in australia? Would they run a credit check on someone for the US renting an apartment?

Administrator answers:

You can probably get one for about $250-300 a week or more. It really depends where it is. Bondi is probably one of the most expensive options. Here we usually pay rent weekly or fortnightly. Real estate agents don’t usually do credit checks, they just wanna check that you have a job, how much you earn etc to prove you can pay the rent. They may want some kind of reference, but not sure how they would work that out if you are from another country. They will probably just contact your company and verify everything.
The websites youcancon suggested are good for looking. Another good one that lists rentals is justlisted.com.au

William asks…

How do I best find and rent a modest studio apt in N. Italy on a month to month basis. Going there in 3 weeks

Can I, should I, rent site unseen, using the internet or should I wait to get to Northern Italy (Lake Region). And how do I determine what rental places are in safe areas of the city / town.

Administrator answers:

I have found nice places on Venere.com, but just typing in “apartments in Italy” or whatever city/region yields many results. I think you are fine to use the internet. Look for a place and email or call them. People have been very helpful to me. Also, do you live in a city that has an Italian Consulate? See if they can give any info.
If you ever go to Rome I know of two apartments for rent – one within walking distance of St.Peter’s but off the beaten path, and one near St. John Laterine.
I heard the Lake Region is beautiful — have fun!

Robert asks…

Should I buy a studio apt for my older brother to live in?

He says he will pay monthly mortgage & maintenance (about $1000/mo both). Loan is for 100,000. He might not leave apt ever.

Administrator answers:

Why buy him an apartment – can he not rent his own?

If you’re buying somewhere, buy it for yourself first

David asks…

how to make the kitchen seprate in a studio apt.?

my studio apartemnt is very tiny. I don’t even have a stove in my kitchen (wich is fine bcus I dont cook much.) I do want to decorate my kitchen different than the rest of the apt.

What is a way to seprate my space?

Administrator answers:

You can separate the kitchen in a couple of ways. If you want separate the rooms, but still have that open look then think small. If you can find something to use as a snack bar with a couple of stools for other people to gather that would be the way to go. Should should be able to find something that is small enough so a couple of stools will fit. No matter how large or small a home is the kitchen always seems to be the gathering place. You could also go with a room divider that would close off the kitchen where there’s just enough room to go in and out the the kitchen. You can always check around furniture stores to get some idea of what you’re looking for. Then go out and check you second hand stores. You never know what you can find that suits your needs at a lower cost to you.

Since you don’t have a stove in your kitchen, have you considered and two burner stove that you can put on the counter and put away when not in use? Just a thought.

If you decide to go with a small counter or something to use as a counter with a couple of stools, you’ll have more room to put things and you’ll be able to sit at the counter to eat if you don’t want to eat in the living room.

What ever you think looks good and that you like then put it in the kitchen. Remember it’s your kitchen and it’s what you want.

Susan asks…

i am moving to san francisco and looking for a studio apt?

it needs to be priced under $1250 and close to downtown. any good buildings? i also have a small dog.

Administrator answers:

$1250 is certainly the low-end. Good luck with that. Also, most landlords are tools and don’t allow pets, so it will be a very difficult search (in terms of pet-friendly apartments, San Francisco is the worst city in the entire country… Literally). Oh, and San Francisco apartment hunting isn’t as simple as “oh, this is a good building – I’ll see if they have anything available”. Landlords usually find a new tenant for their apartment the very first day it’s on the market, and have up to dozens of people competing for them. It’s literally an issue of if you don’t call within an hour of the ad being posted, you won’t even get a call back – they already have enough people to choose from by then.

Thus, your question is flawed. If that’s your approach to finding a place, you won’t find a place. It could take weeks or even months, between finding something downtown (ie: one specific area) in that price range (relatively cheap, so everyone will want those places) and with a dog (though small dogs are easier than medium/large dogs). So search craigslist.org and any other resource you can find, and call immediately if you see something. Be aggressive about setting up an appointment/getting the time for the open house. And if you see a place and like it, submit an application (and even offer a deposit, if they’ll accept it) right then and there. If you wait a day or two, the place will be taken.

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