Congratulations! You have relocated to Italy. Now, it’s time
If you have not read my article on things to know before moving to Italy, please do. You will the most important information like the Taxes, Schools,
So, you have successfully relocated to Italy. Left your home back in your country, and moved to your new house. It is time you start finding and setting up your home, Sweet Home!
A home is a place to live happily. All shelters are not home. Even refugees have an official shelter. But are they happy? Aren’t they looking forward to have their own home?
Home is more emotional, it is a feeling that comes all along you. All through your days, years and till the end. A place where you can relax, cherish, dance, have fun and live like you wish to.
Chances are that you have taken shelter in a hotel or an aparthotel the moment you entered into Italy. Not, it is time to start your search for your lovely home.
I know many of us are praying to get a good
Thanks to T
We are equipped with the mighty tool of the world which can bring anything in your hands – the Internet.
Gone are the days when there was so much uncertainty in knowing about the locations we would like to explore.
We have the internet and several online sites where you can check for the availability of the houses sitting in your comfortable place. It is
Including the pictures of the houses that you are on the hunt. Of course, we cannot go blindly on what is shown by the advertisers. Need to fix an appointment and visit the house to discuss further. Common sense!
So, I am here to show you how you can achieve your dream home. What are the documents required to be validated before signing the contract? And also make you aware of the pitfalls so you can avoid easily.
Renting your dream home
First thing before starting your house hunt is to know the technical terms used in the search in the local language.
Yes, what is the Italian word for “We are renting”? That is called Affittasi.
And Vendesi – for sale – if you love to own one all for yourself !!
You will often come across the term Immobiliare – This is the real estate agent / agency who can help us in the process of finalizing a house.
Two important terms to now about is the Locali & Arredato
Locali basically means rooms. So a
- Monolocale means one room apartment.
- Bilocale means two rooms.
- Trilocale means three rooms and so on.
The number of sleeping room is normally one less than the mentioned
How do you expect your house to be? Furnished by the owner or an empty house where you furnish them with your taste? This is what mentioned by the
Finding your dream Home
Here are the few actively used house searching online websites
Mostly Italian, but have options to switch to English. But never mind more about the language. Just browse through the lists, and check the locations you are looking for. Knowing the zone you are interested to find a home will help a lot.
So, talk with your friends, or use the maps from commune to identify your zone and use as filters.
Alternatively, use google maps to find the availability of public transport stops, distance from bus stops, metros, supermarkets, etc. during the process of finding your dream home in Italy.
You can do this as homework even before entering Italy too. This will help you to be equipped with the surroundings, locations and this will give an idea of what to expect later when you visit.
Places like in north of Italy, where the winter can be too cold and needs a heating system, can burn your pocket with the type of heating and level of insulation that house has. So, it will be advisable to look at the energy rating.
It’s rated from A to G, A being the best, by the government authority. There is a high probability that you get only F & G inside the downtown of cities like Milan since most houses in and around Milan are built before 1950, and they are left undisturbed.
Understanding the Affitto
Now on the rental costs. The prices mentioned in the list usually will be of 2 distinct portions.
1. Rent for the month
The monthly expense can be as high as 200-300 euro depending on the facilities available in the apartment like
Most of the houses will be furnished (Arredatto) for a couple of hundreds more in the rent. Italians can furnish the house with 1 or 2 K Euro from Ikea or Mondo Convenienza etc and rent it our furnished. Thus yielding a higher income.
This could be a lot easier for people who have relocated to Italy for short terms.
So, when you check such houses, make sure you discuss with them and confirm what’s going to in there. There are fair chances that what you see while you visit may not be there after you move in.
One of the main reason is, there are every possibility that you visit the house when it is still rented out for a different people. So, the house will have things that belong to the current tenants too.
Add to that, could also be due to the language difficulties if you are entirely new into the town.
Its always good to check if the houses have windows that are dual glasses or sealed ones. This will help to reduce energy consumption during winter and directly help you save some bucks. Make sure you sincerly go through these lists when finding your dream home in Italy.
Types of Contracts
The regular contract signed here in Italy for the rental is called “Quatro
For now, keep in mind that there could be a small fractional increase (In the order of 10 or 20 Euros) in rent per year if ISTAT was mentioned in the contract.
It goes without saying that you should always make sure that you sign the contract ONLY after understanding it with the help of your friends who can help to translate this document. Be ready to hear the word its usual contract several times in the due process. But still, do your homework.
Most relocation happens with the process of issuing Permesso di Sioggiorno. That means you need to renew them at frequent intervals. Be informed that when you apply for renewal most probably you will be requested to submit an
For getting this document from the Comune, you need to have a clean records of the house you stay, including the building plan, gas safety certification, etc. So, take utmost care when you sign the contract for the home.
Finally, this contract has to be officially registered. It is quite common to share the cost between the owner & you. So discuss accordingly.
No free lunch anywhere, and it is more strictly followed in Italy. There are commissions or in other words service charges for the real estate agencies. Talk about this before you go ahead with them for the house visits.
It may range from 10% of Annual rent to almost 1 or 2 months of rent. So, clear this before you get his “service”.
As usual, word of mouth will be very useful here, check with your friends on any availability in his surroundings.
You can also take some time and roam around the location you are looking for a house, and you will see plenty of AFFITTASI being displayed in almost every apartment. Chances are that those are from agencies, but there may be some from the house owners too. If you are lucky, you may get an owner as direct contact.
There is an additional advantage when you roam around to look for yourself. You can familiarize the location, and also understand if this area suits your need, supermarket and other details.
Checklists for house
- Check the accessibility.
- Check for a previous couple of years maintenance expense.
- Make sure the certificates for energy and gas is duely valid.
- Make sure they have the certificate for suitability of accommodation (Important if you are planning to bring in your family)
Once you Move in
- Find the nearest ASL for your zone, and get yourself registered – For medical visits.
- Find the commune for your zone and register your address. Get your residential certificate / Carta d’Identita.
- Know about the garbage handling in your apartment and make sure you follow it.
My wishes for you to succeed in finding your dream home in Italy, and to spend your lovely time relaxed !!!