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#1 Dec 07 2012 at 10:44 AM Rating: Good
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I'm going to be starting a job in the Norwich, CT early in January. Problem is, due to my current job and financial situation, I probably won't be able to actually go there until shortly before I start work, so apartment hunting will have to be done entirely remotely. Does anybody have any familiarity with the Norwich area, or any tips on doing this without ending up with a dump for an apartment?
#2 Dec 07 2012 at 10:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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I thought the standard here was to find short term lodging (like those pay-by-the-week suites) and find permanent digs once you're there.
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#3 Dec 07 2012 at 11:06 AM Rating: Excellent
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Feel for you, blind hunting isn't fun. Smiley: frown

Google is your friend. Street view, crime maps etc. How about the new job? Is there someone there you could e-mail and ask for some tips about places to live? Give the local Police/Fire a call at some point, they'll know the neighborhoods well. As for apts. ugh, that's tough. They'll always show their best side on their websites, etc. And the apartment finder sites are hit and miss with their reviews. Sign a short lease (or go month to month if they let you) that way you can get out quickly once you have time to learn the area better.

Best of luck!
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#4 Dec 07 2012 at 1:12 PM Rating: Good
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I'd find some place temporary until you can have a look around. Have you looked on Air B&B?

I'd not put much money down on a place site unseen.

Good luck - enjoy the adventure.

Congrats on the new job.
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Check out the weekly/daily motel rates. Might be a few bucks, but better than signing a lease for who knows how long for a dump.
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#6 Dec 07 2012 at 3:29 PM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
I thought the standard here was to find short term lodging (like those pay-by-the-week suites) and find permanent digs once you're there.


This is the first time getting a job outside of my home town, so I'm not entirely sure what the most appropriate process is for this.

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I'd find some place temporary until you can have a look around. Have you looked on Air B&B?

I'd not put much money down on a place site unseen.

Good luck - enjoy the adventure.

Congrats on the new job.


I'd never heard of air b&b before, thanks for the link.

I guess I'll try and find some cheap place to stay for a bit when I first get up there. Hopefully it doesn't take long to find a more permanent home. Thanks for the tips, guys.
#7 Dec 08 2012 at 1:48 AM Rating: Good
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If you absolutely have to do it, at least get them to give you a comprehensive representation as to the state of the property before you agree. But really, if you can rent a place while you look around then that'd be best.
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#8 Dec 08 2012 at 9:38 AM Rating: Excellent
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One of those Extended Stay hotels would run you $420/wk which isn't "cheap" but isn't intended to be a permanent solution either.

I have no idea how much you're getting paid but I'm assuming its enough to warrant the relocation.
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#9 Dec 08 2012 at 8:15 PM Rating: Decent
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You can use the professional appartment finders in the area. I did it when I moved to Austin years back.
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#10 Dec 08 2012 at 10:26 PM Rating: Default
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Weekly places are great, but they vary from literal crack whore places to nice hotels. If you find a regular hotel, you can often ask for a discount if you tell them that you are staying there for a week or more. Finding a place is quite simple, the complication varies on what you're looking for. Google is always your friend. There are websites that focus on finding places where you can filter by the type of place that you want to stay at.
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