Welcome to my blog!

This blog tells my experience with buying a house in Dublin, Ireland, and renovating it. 

I wanted to share everything I learned along the way, my misadventures and any tips and tricks!


Finding a renter - the owner's perspective

Finding a renter - the owner's perspective

There are a lot of articles out there about the nightmare of finding a house/room for rent in Dublin (like this one) - and it's absolutely true, house hunting in Dublin is an exercise in hopelessness - I've done it myself and I have the emotional scars to prove it. 

But there aren't many articles from the house owner's perspective... 

Now that I'm a house owner, I imposed myself that things will be different!
- I'll have a super clear and descriptive Daft ad - with a clearly indicated address, costs, neighbourhood, public transportation, etc.
- I'll schedule individual appointments
- No astronomical and random rent prices and increases

I advertised on Daft and Facebook groups on Sunday 22nd January, and by Tuesday I already had a list of 20-ish people... after living through this process, now I understand why some owners end up appearing unfriendly and suspicious. 

-1- Renters who DON'T READ the ad.

 
 

Not only she didn't check where the house was ... she didn't even know which add she replied to!

Or people who ask me how far is the house from whichever place they are interested in ...the Internet is a great place, and it's also very smart.. it can find information for you, no need to show me that you didn't make even that little bit of effort. Or they even ask how much is the rent!!

Or the default message - my name is not 'Karen' btw, and I already mentioned in the ad that it's two Italian girls in the house...

-2- Difficulties in translation.. 

-3- Postponing the appointment at the last minute .. or just plain not showing up

This is how my calendar looked like on Friday, and this is how it looked like after the last minute cancellation on Sunday - it pretty much speaks for itself. 
Good thing I reached out to the people who were supposed to have an appointment on Sunday morning to double check, otherwise I wouldn't have even know some weren't coming. 

FRIDAY 27th

SUNDAY 29th


Here are a couple of last gems.. just because ..

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My wishlist for the garden renovation

My wishlist for the garden renovation

Would you choose a great result over a nightmare experience with the builders? - Part 2

Would you choose a great result over a nightmare experience with the builders? - Part 2