Finding the Finest Room for Rent in Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro is the home of a host of companies and educational institutions. Here, itís not surprising to find transient laborers, itinerant workers and students originally from different provinces. For this reason, entrepreneurs have built an entire industry around rental accommodation. Rooms for rent, boarding houses, dormitories and bedspaces can be found in just about every corner of the city.

Boarding houses and room rentals are inexpensive choices compared to hotels, pension houses and apartments. Theyíre also a smart option if you want to live alone or have to send funds to the folks back home.

If youíre looking for a rental property in Cagayan de Oro, there are things that may hamper your search, one of which is the city itself. Of course, itís hard to search in an unfamiliar territory. Where would you go if you didnít have a destination?

There are many things to consider when hunting for a place to stay. Keep this guide in mind and you wonít have to exhaustingly scour Cagayan de Oro like how Frodo traveled barefoot all the way from the Shire to Mordor.

First off, set a budget. With a predefined financial plan, youíll find a place that wonít put a hole in your pocket. When setting the budget, think about other expenses aside from rent costs. While many boarding houses donít require you to pay for electricity and water bills, some do. If the rent and the bills exceed your budget, move on to another boarding house. Remember, CDO has lots of them.

Next, decide on a location. If you donít want to be traveling from your living area all the way to Timbuktu, choose a neighborhood located near your daily destination. Schools are often surrounded by pads and rental places because many people take advantage of the frequency of non-Kagay-anon students attending CDO schools. If your office is situated in the city center, then youíre in luck because the city proper is teeming with properties for rent.

Another consideration is your comfort. Iíve seen many of these rooms for rent, and let me tell you; almost half of them have seen better days or are in desperate need of an extreme makeover. If youíre squeamish and like everything clean and tidy, narrow down your search by checking out all the rentals within one neighborhood. Choose the cleanest ones.

If you donít have proper ventilation, an A/C system or an electric fan at least, these lodging places can feel like an oven. If youíre going to bring your own utilities like an electric fan, ask if youíre required to pay for additional electricity charges.

When looking for a place to stay, you can find one without breaking a sweat by doing Internet search. These days, owners advertise their properties online to attract more people. However, you might miss out on good rooms that donít do Web advertising. So if you donít mind going door-to-door on foot, by all means, go around the community. Keep an eye on posters and banners that have the words ďRoom for RentĒ or ďWanted Bedspacer.Ē In addition, donít hesitate to ask people around the vicinity. Most Kagaya-anons are hospitable and would be willing to point you to the nearest lodging place. If this task is tiring, continue your search the next day.

Lastly, one important factor most forget is the landlady/lord. At one point within their stay, some boarders complain about a demanding, rude or incompetent owner. To prevent this from happening to you, consider the ownerís approach and hospitality from the beginning, when youíre still inquiring about the property.

Remember these tips to find the best board and lodging place in Cagayan de Oro.

-Gillian Abonitalla-

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