Do You Have to Incur While Renting a PG in Chennai?

Do You Have to Incur While Renting a PG in Chennai?

From Sameer Ahmad

Stepping out of your houses and relocating to Chennai can be a nerve-wracking experience in itself and nobody other than a paying guest can explain it the best.

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Stepping out of your houses and relocating to Chennai can be a nerve-wracking experience in itself and nobody other than a paying guest can explain it the best. When we were in our sweet homes, we never had to care about the day to day chores or managing household expenses. But, adulting can be tough – from choosing an ideal PG in Chennai to adapting to new people and places, from making your own decisions about how to manage the house to keep a tight eye on expenses – there is a lot that demands your attention.

Here’s a quick look at some of the things you need to keep in mind before you move to a new city:

Food

Your PG in Chennai may provide you meals, but whether you get good quality, hygienic food isn’t an automatic given - flavorless curries and watery dals, anyone? The most obvious thing to do in such cases is to arrange food from outside, which adds to your eating out costs. Alternately, you can take up cooking and cleaning yourself or arrange for a house help to take charge of these responsibilities. From a time, expense, and energy perspective, neither of these are viable options. This is why it is wiser to go for professional accommodation providers who take care of all these things. Some like Stanza Living provide you chef-cooked meals in hygienic kitchens, give you the flexibility of choosing your own menu options, and factor in feedback on dishes so you can enjoy a better experience. What’s more, this is inclusive in the rent amount, so you don’t have to figure out these expenses on a monthly basis. As is, when you are hanging out with friends, eating out can become a frequent yet expensive exercise so it is important to watch out on regular food costs and save money for an occasional splurge.

Furniture and Appliances

Moving into a bare-bones place may seem cheaper, but don't factor in that you would need some necessities to make the place livable. Instead of running around trying to arrange your own furniture and appliances, it's advisable to move into a place that has all this covered. A fully furnished place might seem slightly expensive in the beginning but in today’s time, there is not much difference in the cost incurred for setting-up your own place. Also, in case you don’t have flatmates to split the cost, the burden lies completely on you. So, it’s advisable to move to managed accommodation where your rents are inclusive of the offered infrastructure and amenities.

Transportation and Commute Costs

Looking for affordable Hostels in Chennai far from your workplace/educational institute just to save on rent costs is a very rookie mistake to make. Not only do you end up wasting time and energy on the commute, but the transportation expenses do get added up to a hefty sum every month. Alternately, public transport can help with connectivity and cost issues, but can definitely take a toll on your schedule. So, if you don’t want to blow away your time stuck in yet another traffic snarl, it’s wiser to find a place that is closer and well-connected to your daily lifestyle requirements. Trust us when we say that you don’t need to compromise and adjust to any local PG that suits this purpose. Instead, most managed operators today have well-appointed and well-connected facilities across the city that you can easily choose from on their websites.

While these are just some of the costs you need to watch out for, one place where you can get short-changed is in the rent agreement. Make sure that you sign a tight, transparent agreement with your landlord so you end up paying only for the services you actually consume. So, when you move to a new city, watch out for reckless spending while enjoying a good stay by balancing your necessary and discretionary spendings.

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