I have too much time on my hands.
The visa process was an absolute nightmare, but at least I felt productive. Now that I have my visa (literally locked away in a safe, by the way), I’m at a standstill. I have one day left with my wonderful coworkers at my current job. I’m finishing up my TEFL certification. I’m trying to save as much money as possible for Spain, i.e. I spend a lot of time saying, “I’d love to go out, but I don’t want to spend money.” Then I follow that up by staying in and watching six episodes of Mad Men.
It’s too early to pack for Spain. It’s too early to plan private English classes. It’s too early to make elaborate binders filled with photocopies of all my important documents. At the same time, my departure is so close that it’s hard to think about anything else.
So, what do I do with all my spare time?
I look for apartments.
I’m obsessed. It’s completely pointless since apartments, or pisos, go fast in Madrid — the places I find today probably won’t be there when we arrive in September.
But I don’t care. I can’t stop. I have an elaborate Google Doc filled with addresses, links, prices, and notes. I have a Pinterest board solely dedicated to the pisos I love. (But it’s a secret board so no one can steal my favorite apartments. Don’t get any ideas, people.)
I have a couple favorite things about EasyPiso.
At first, I thought the same crazy woman was messaging me over and over again. After about 20 messages “from Mamen,” I decided it’s the default name that EasyPiso includes if the advertiser forgets to include his/her real name. I’m not sure what Mamen means. Is it even Spanish? Does anyone know?
The overall habits of piso-listers.
The majority of people who list apartments on EasyPiso typically follow a few simple rules when creating said listings:
- Always take extreme close-ups of every single thing in your apartment.
- Never, ever clean the apartment before taking pictures of it.
- Never post high-res photos. The blurry look gives the rooms a sophisticated, artistic edge.
- Always include an awkward selfie so people know what you look like. The weirder the lighting, the better. That way, potential roommates can see the real you.
- Message potential tenants AT LEAST three times in a row. Better yet, copy/paste the exact same message you sent them the first two times. That’s the only way they’ll know you’re really interested.
- Don’t pay attention to people’s anuncios. They may say they want to live in the actual city of Madrid, but you know they really want to live in a distant suburb. They just don’t know what’s good for them. (If I had a euro for every time someone tried to get me to live in Vicálvaro, I’d be able to leave my house once in awhile.)
Have you ever searched for apartments in Spain? Any tips?