Do you move to Berlin and want to settle here? Then welcome! Since 2014 I’ve wrote a couple of articles in this blog – and this is an overview of all the ones that make your start here easier.
Posts Categorized: Housing
Moved into a flat with gas heating? Then you need to make a contract with a gas provider – here’s a comparison tool, updated regularly. And a list of estimated consumptions by apartment size.
Just moved into your new Berlin apartment? One of the first things you need to do: Find an electricity provider. Here’s simple calculator to compare power suppliers in Germany.
Especially when renting a flat, you need to show your landlord your Schufa information / Schufa score. Here I show you how to get it for free, directly from your computer.
As a new Berliner, you might come from a country where it’s warm enough in winter, so you don’t need to heat; or where radiators and heaters work differently. Here I introduce you to the German way of heating and ventilating.
The photo below was taken from my balcony. I just moved into my apartment, paying 270 EUR for a tiled kitchen and bathroom, central heating, two supermarkets and bus stop in front, and a U-Bahn connection 14 mins away from Alexanderplatz, and 8 mins from the Friedrichshain pub area.
In my article 4 Tips for Finding a Cheap Flat in Berlin, tip number 4 was: Get a WBS.
If you can’t get suitable furniture for free, you can build your own cardboard furniture out of free cardboard boxes from the supermarket. I will show how to build a bed table – and even a bed!
So you’re new in town, got your new flat or room, and as it’s typical in Germany, it is empty, non-furnished: No bed, no closet, no desk. Here’s how to get these things for free.