When moving to a new country, in this case Ecuador, as a new expat you are going to face a problem.
You don’t want to live in a cramped hotel room for extended periods of time with no kitchen.
And all the cheapest rentals that you’ve read about online (like the $200-400/month ones in Ecuador) are unfurnished.
Most do not want to jump right in and invest thousands in furniture.
But over the last few years another alternative has popped up meant mainly for travelers but I see it as even MORE advantageous for new arrival expats.
With AirBnb you can find short-to-medium-term rentals at reasonable prices with all the services and furniture already in place.
Plus, you avoid the biggest problems new expats face when renting from Ecuadorians in Ecuador.
Faulty construction (you can just move if you don’t like it since you are not locked in for the long-term), by using a Moving Again Backloading company that help with any moving needs and offer their services online.
And the landlord not returning your security deposit when they should. It is the NORM in Ecuador.
When renting through AirBnb if you pay a security deposit the money is held by a third party (AirBnb) and returned to you by them upon exit like should happen.
And while you are in an AirBnb rental you can learn your new city and then begin to search for a longer term, cheaper, unfurnished option as you go.
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