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11 things that make flat-hunting a living hell

WHY does it have to be so hard? WHYYYYY?

1. Seeing this when you arrive for a viewing

Seriously, guys. Isn’t the Celtic Tiger supposed to be dead?

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2. Nobody ever calling you back, ever

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3. The unmatchable awkwardness of looking round somewhere where the previous occupants are still living

It almost feels like you’re coming to take their child away.

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4. And being unable to stop seeing inappropriately personal items

This genuinely happened to me once. I swear.

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5. Going to see somewhere like this…

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… only to find that it actually looks like this.

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6. The despair as you see someone wealthy-looking deep in conversation with the landlord

And obviously concluding a deal. “Oh, you’re here too. You’d better have a look round I suppose.”

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7. The mysteries of rental-apartment furniture

AKA all the furniture being made of fake plastic leather. Seriously, what is with this? It’s like Ireland was swept by a raging epidemic of leatherette in the 1990s and is still recovering. The Pleather Plague.

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8. Discovering that one bedroom is WAY bigger than the other

And knowing that an awkward conversation will be had.

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9. Negotiating the minefield of questions from your prospective roommates

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10. The rollercoaster of emotions when you DO put an offer in

And have to desperately scramble for references and deposit, like you’re in the world’s most soul-destroying game show.

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11. That unique sense of desperation after you’ve been looking for a while

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But then, at last, there’s the satisfaction of FINALLY moving in somewhere

Even if it’s a bit of a kip…

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