How to prepare for moving house - renting an apartment

Renting an apartment, and actually finding an apartment is a real challenge - 6 is moving in our lives behind us. For some it's a lot and for others a little (I know people who move every year and I sincerely admire them). Moving is always called mockingly a small earthquake, because this is more or less how the flat and our nerves look. Theoretically, after so many removals we should be calm, because nothing surprises us anymore. Even the gentlemen who moved us the previous time stated that they had not seen such professionally packed things (after the first, independent move when we forgot to pack the bedding and at the last moment we wrapped it with stretch foil, we already know what and how).

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How to look for a flat to rent in Warsaw?

Nothing surprised me in my life like looking for an apartment in Warsaw. I will honestly tell you that it is a bit tiring. Generally, there are so many people in Warsaw that if there is a cooler apartment at a reasonable price - it may be out of date after a few hours. You have to work really hard to find something nice among the PRL-style apartments with wall units and a mushroom in the bathroom.

What do we pay attention to when renting an apartment

  1. Location - we were currently looking for a flat in the center of Warsaw, because on average I go there several times a week. Stopping in traffic to reach the Center (a bus without traffic from our current place of travel takes 20 minutes. With traffic jams even 60 minutes) is a total waste of time.
  2. The quality of the equipment - in addition to what brand the equipment is (we have our favorites), we also pay attention to how much water they consume and what energy class they are. It is very important, especially when you pay the media. Many owners of apartments for rent are buying the cheapest equipment and they don't care, because you will be charged for water and electricity consumption.
  3. Window display - for us it is one of the most important issues, because we must have good light for photos. We never want to live in the west apartment again, because such flats heat up very quickly (there is a sauna in the summer) and get very dirty in them. We lived 2x in a west apartment and it was always the same, so it can't be a coincidence.
  4. Injuries - watching the apartment and signing the contract you need to be vigilant and check everything carefully, as well as write down any damage. Pay attention to any bumps, abrasions or dirty walls and require the Owner to fix these damages or to at least write them in the contract (you probably don't want to be blamed for something that you didn't do).
  5. Additional - when renting an apartment, the number of countertops in the kitchen is important to me (usually kitchenettes have only 1 maximum 2 countertops. For me it is not enough), whether there is a dining table and chairs, whether there is a shower cabin (no more bath tub!) And what is the amount of storage space. I don't like dusting outside, so I need space to store most things.
  6. neighbors - it is also good to ask about neighbors, e.g. whether they make noise. You do not want to live next to people for whom it is not important what the day of the week is, because the event lasts all week!

How to prepare for moving house

If you have already found your dream apartment, it's time to get ready to move. The company we moved with has a very nice option - cardboard boxes. It's super ecological, because it always hurt when we threw away cardboard boxes after moving house. It looks like you are arranging a specific date when the cartons are delivered to you, you get stickers and only on them you can write what is in the carton. The cartons come flat, so all you have to do is fold them and start packing.

For such cosmetic issues - it is worth investing in gloves, because cartons dry hands and more. A good facial moisturizer will also be a godsend. After moving to Warsaw, my skin looked tragic, which you can read more about in the post how moving to Warsaw affected my skin. In this post you will also find Korean masks, which I like very much. Especially the avocado version is loved by my face.

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I hope that thanks to this article, renting an apartment will be less stressful for you (it's still a less frightening vision than taking a loan for an apartment for 30 years).

Facts and myths about life in Warsaw


We have been living in Warsaw since mid-March and will probably stay here permanently. However, before we moved from Gdansk to Warsaw, a wave of myths related to the capital flooded us. Today I would like to refute some myths about life in Warsaw that are circulating in Poland. In the post I will often refer to an apartment in Gdansk, because in connection with the fact that we lived there for many years, it will be easiest for me to refer, for example, to the cost of living in Gdansk.

Myth: eating in Warsaw is more expensive

This is one of the first myths we heard after we told our family that we were moving to Warsaw. In Gdańsk, we ordered purchases via the Piotr i Paweł or Tesco e-store, in Warsaw we order purchases from Tesco and WARNING - we pay the same for shopping. Food prices in Gdańsk and Warsaw are the same - of course, grocery shopping prices depend on where we buy. It is known that in organic markets or in luxury neighborhoods they may be more expensive, but nevertheless high food prices are one big MYTH. The same applies to eating out - prices in Gdańsk and Warsaw are comparable.

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Fact: public transport in Wawa is more expensive than in Gdańsk

It is true. In Warsaw, ticket prices are more expensive by approx. 40 pennies. It should be noted, however, that tickets have different time validities. In Gdańsk there are 3 types of tickets - reduced, normal for one trip and normal hourly (by buying this ticket within one hour we can change to other buses or trams in Gdańsk). There are zone tickets in Warsaw. Most often we use 75-minute tickets (to get from Mokotów to the center we have to buy this ticket, because on 20-minute I only got to the center once). There are big traffic jams in Warsaw, especially in the center, so I don't recommend taking the risk, just buy this ticket right away. Its price is 4,40 PLN. (regular ticket).

A lot of people commute to the center and the surrounding area to work. Hence the crowds in the morning and afternoon in public transport. It is not uncommon for people from outside of Warsaw to reach the center and the surrounding area (closer and farther around). Warsaw is VERY GOOD communicated. Actually, everywhere can be reached by bus, tram or subway. We rarely travel by public transport, because we found a cheaper (especially in two people) and a more comfortable way of transport - Taxify. It's something like Uber, but the quality is much higher in my opinion. This application is now also available in the Tri-City! If after installation, in the Taxify application enter the code: EJFX7 - you will get PLN 10. first trip discount.

Fact / Myth: prices of apartments for rent are much higher

It's both a fact and a myth. It all depends on what apartment we are looking for and in what district. Room rental prices are comparable to room rental prices in Gdansk. However, the prices of renting apartments in cooler neighborhoods are more expensive. In Warsaw there are a lot of closed estates (crossing the other side of the street is a horror! You have to walk around!), Which means that apartment prices are higher. Higher prices are also if you want to buy an apartment. Of course, what counts here is in which district we want to buy the property.

Myth: there are huge traffic jams in Warsaw

Show me where, in a larger city, there are no traffic jams? There were also traffic jams in Gdańsk (Jaśkowa Dolina or Bypass were forever jammed). The closer you get to the center, the longer you stand in traffic, especially when everyone is driving or returning from work. You have to remember how many people live in the capital 😉 We noticed (I have no idea what it depends) that the biggest traffic jams are on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Fact / Myth: salaries are much higher than in Gdansk

This is not quite a fact, because it all depends on the industry in which we operate. However, it is true that there are more companies in the capital and hence - more opportunities to change jobs. In Gdańsk, in the industry in which I live (Social Media and Influence marketing), I was looking for a job, after 3-4 (how it went well). There is a minimum of 20-30 in Warsaw. There is no denying that there are many more jobs and opportunities here. People also look more favorably at remote cooperation than in the Tri-City. There, for the most part, everyone wanted to sit 8 in the office, which was not cool for me.

Fact: Usually you work during 9-17 hours

It's a fact that in Warsaw many companies work during 9-17 hours. This has its pros and cons. Initially (before I started working from home) I couldn't get used to these hours of work. At 16: 00 I was already so tired that I dreamed to go home. For me, these working hours are not perfect, but it's all a matter of habit. Piotr, however, works during flexible working hours. He can come to work from 7 to 10 and return home from 15 to 18. As you can see - it all depends on the company where you work.

Myth: Everything is far away in Warsaw

It's not true. Once you get to know Warsaw, it turns out that the distances are not that great (of course you can feel the difference compared to Gdańsk, but Gdańsk is smaller). In addition, there is well-organized public transport and very cheap a'la Uber taxis (if we are going to the center in two, it is more profitable to take this taxi than by public transport!).

As I wrote at the beginning - I referred to our experiences related to life in Gdańsk and staying in Warsaw for several months to write facts and myths about life in Warsaw. If you are curious why we have just moved to Warsaw now, be sure to check out the post about this when we were one leg in Warsaw. And if you're interested in how moving to Warsaw has affected my skin, take a look at the post in which I recommend great Korean masks on cotton sheets that saved my skin after moving.

Let me know in the comments in which cities you live and do you know any myths about living in your city?