Looking for an apartment through an established agency
In this case, your best bet is to choose a reliable agency (like us http://www.flatsh.com)
The advantages of using an agency to find an apartment in shanghai
• Most of the agents can speak fluently English (except agents on the street.) They can communicate with you smoothly and understand your needs.
• Established agencies will have property resources covering the entire city. They will suggest you the best area according to your situation such as office location, metro station, friends’ community, etc.
• It will help to save your time. If some street agents bring you to a very bad apartment, tell him that you want something better. If the second flat is like the first, just walk away since they might totally don’t understand what you want but just want to sale what they have. There are plenty of honest agencies so there is no reason to deal with someone that is trying to rip you off.
• It will help you to save cost. Agents working for established agencies usually care about their reputation. They will try to bargain the best rental price for you, this is a common practice in Shanghai and usually, you will get a 5%-10% discount according to your agent bargain skills.
• It will provide you support and service. Agents working for an established agency worked with corporate company’s client.
• They will have more experience to avoid scams in contracts (especially if the landlord is a local private owner as the contract might be only in Chinese).