5 Things to Look for When Renting an Apartment in Medellin

Medellin has many cultural attractions, scenery, great weather and friendly people, that’s why it’s rapidly becoming a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. For these and many more reasons, vacationers/nomads are looking to rent a furnished apartment and extend their stay.

Every traveler has different needs and expectations when coming from abroad, so it really pays to do your research and know what to look for when finding the perfect spot for you in Medellin.

Here are the top 5 things to look for before renting an apartment in Medellin

  1. Recent ratings: This is a sneak peek of how your stay will be, so we suggest to read them carefully and see how other guests’ experiences have been. Not everyone is easy to please and even the best place gets a bad review occasionally. But if there are consistent problems, why would you expect your stay to be better than average? This can really save you lots of time, money and most of all, lots of headaches.

  1. Cleanliness: Want to stay in a place that’s clean, carefully maintained, and tidy? This isn’t a matter of style - it’s a matter of comfort, whether you want a sleek and modern or bohemian chic apartment, that’s your call. However, there’s a big difference between a place that is nice, clean, and has quality furnishings and a place that’s shoddily maintained and still has smells from the previous tenant. Read between the lines of recent reviews, ask questions about the listing if you’re in doubt, and only book when you’re confident that the place is up to your personal standards.

  1. Price: Yes, price matters, but in the blossoming Medellin tourism market you often get what you pay for. Remember, just about anyone can list their apartment for rent on Airbnb and while most people in Colombia are good and honest folks, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Furnished rentals usually cost between 650-970 USD a month (for rather basic apartments without many amenities) and at least 970 USD a month for a one bedroom apartment with modern amenities (pool, gym, etc). Prices fluctuate from neighborhood to neighborhood and the time of the year also impacts the price. So, when comparing prices and coming across a much cheaper unit, ask yourself, is there something you’re missing that’s impacting the price?

  1. Be Careful with Nightly Rentals: In the majority of buildings in Medellin, nightly rentals are NOT allowed, and if the owner is renting to you for less than a month, they might be violating local ordinances to do so. Don’t feel like a criminal on your vacation - make sure to ask the owner (especially on airbnb) before booking to confirm that daily rentals are permitted in the building so you can stay safe and clear - you’ll sleep easier at night (and isn’t a good night’s sleep kind of the point!).

  1. Additional services that matter (maid service available, airport pickups, etc): Whether you’re traveling on business or leisure, you probably want your stay to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Thankfully, many apartment-renters facilitate additional services for you and can make the simple hassles of travel a little bit easier during your stay. But make sure you check with the host before completely relying on these services and not having a plan b in case there are any misunderstandings, specially with the airport pickup service. Additionally, simple things like laundry are worth considering. Most furnished units have either have a laundry room in the building or a washer/dryer within the apartment, but it’s always safe and recommended to have a small checklist prior to booking so you don’t have any surprises upon arrival.

Looking for the perfect apartment to suit your needs doesn’t have to be so difficult, check out many rental options here and get started today!

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