Are you torn between houses for sale or houses for rent in Ecuador? It is not really a difficult choice to make. There are pros and cons for each. If you have the money to buy your own home, then by all means, just purchase a property in a place that is ideal for the type of lifestyle that you want to live. But if you are the type of person who is not sure about how they want to live their life in Ecuador, then opting to rent is not really a bad idea.
The thing about choosing to live in houses for rent in Ecuador is that it gives you the flexibility that comes with living in a foreign territory. If you haven’t decided if this is where you truly want to live, then renting is the practical living arrangements that you should consider.
If you find that your neighbors are too noisy or the community is not to your liking, you can negotiate with your landlord or landlady to allow you to move homes. It is not as easy as that when you have bought your own home.
What should you expect from a rental home in Ecuador
So what should you expect from houses for rent in Ecuador? Here are some things that should help you decide if you want to pursue this or not.
Consider the structure of the home that you want to live in. For instance, a lot of houses in Cuenca are townhouses – that means you share common walls with other people. That means there isn’t much filter when it comes to noise. If you are used to a single family dwelling place, this may be quite an adjustment for you.
Rental homes in Ecuador do not come with a built in stove, refrigerator or dishwasher like in the US. You really have to purchase your own appliances and furniture when you get here. Even things like curtain rods are not included in the houses for rent in Ecuador.
Most of the stoves in Ecuador run on propane so you have to be equipped with gas cylinders. You need to have that refilled every now and then too. There are luxury apartments that have a centralized gas line but if you want to cut down on costs, you will have to do with a stove fueled by a gas tank.
The bathroom of rental houses do not have much accessories too. You have to install your own mirror, towel holder and even the toilet paper holder. It is also rare to have bathtubs here so you will have to settle with a shower.
Some rental owners will allow the tenant to paint the house but they usually do not shoulder the expenses – both material and labor, if the tenant is already living in the house.
A lot of the houses for rent are really just equipped with the cabinets, faucets and other fixtures. But even the cabinets are not as complete as you would hope. For instance, it is not a common practice to have kitchen cabinets. For the fixtures, it is typically just a bulb that is dangling from the ceiling.
That being said, you have to know that comparing houses for rent in Ecuador with homes in the US can be quite disappointing. But if you consider what is really essential to you, then you will realize that these differences will not really matter in the long run. If you really feel strongly about something in a home you are renting, you may want to talk to the owner about it. Sometimes, they could relent to have it done for you. But if you can do it yourself, you may find yourself in a better position to negotiate the already low rental price being given to you.
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