Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by JJK @, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 23:04 (172 days ago)

We are coming for our annual vacation in two weeks. We are retiring in a year and plan to move to Zihuatanejo shortly after. We would like to look at apartments to get an idea of what our choices are, what we can afford etc.
I really don't know what's the best way to go about this process, and would love any advice and help you are willing to give.
Is it practical to be looking this far in advance?
I've been reading this message board for many years and value your advice and welcome your suggestions. I know some of you might have places to rent or can help set me up with someone, so thank you in advance!

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by Wanderer @, Vancouver canada, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 00:18 (171 days ago) @ JJK

It’s never too soon to look, but it would help to say, what your needs would be: I.e. how many bedrooms, what area, what you are willing to pay, thesebasics will help.

Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by JJK @, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 07:36 (171 days ago) @ Wanderer

We are very flexible and are used to living very basic. It will of course, depend on if our house sells before we go or not. One bedroom is enough, but would prefer two, with some A.C. The Madera neighborhood is ideal because that is what we are most familiar with. We are definitely open to other areas, as long as it is within walking distance to el Centro(do not plan on having a car) I know late night noise is an issue, so hopefully not near the all night bars. Is that even realistic for under $500usd a month? Thanks.

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by Talley Ho @, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 08:39 (171 days ago) @ JJK

Probably not, considering where you want to be and the AC.

Just my opinion.

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 08:57 (171 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Keep in mind that electricity is very expensive and A/C uses lots.

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by JJK @, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 13:01 (171 days ago) @ frostbite

It would be used minimally, but it's still nice to have the option.

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by HolyMole @, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 14:22 (171 days ago) @ JJK

Rob will disagree, and maybe after living through a few years of Zihua summers, you'll become acclimatized too, but I would question that you'll use the A/C sparingly. Better to plan on lots of A/C, then you won't have a nasty surprise.

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 15:27 (171 days ago) @ HolyMole

We just use the A/C to cool the bedroom down before retiring and use the ceiling fan at low speed all night.

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by HolyMole @, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 17:33 (171 days ago) @ frostbite

We just use the A/C to cool the bedroom down before retiring and use the ceiling fan at low speed all night.

Ok, but you're - what? - 100 feet/30 meters elevation? (When I walked Heart Attack Hill, it felt like 1000 feet) and you must get an ocean breeze.;-)

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 20:00 (171 days ago) @ HolyMole

When there IS a breeze, we feel and enjoy it in the sitting are, but it does nothing to cool the bedrooms.

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by Charlybby, Saturday, June 02, 2018, 19:37 (169 days ago) @ frostbite

Us too!

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Friday, June 01, 2018, 09:58 (170 days ago) @ HolyMole

About 5 years ago we went down in April- it reminded us of Fla with the heat and humidity. My wife lived under the A/C that week because of the heat and humidity- when we go down after the first of the year don't wont to go after the middle of March. Years ago I was stationed in Roswell, New Mexico and went back to San Antonio for the weekend in May and I had a hard time( 95 degrees and 95% humidity).

Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by JJK @, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 13:06 (171 days ago) @ Talley Ho

That's what I need to find out and why I'm reaching out here first.
I know many of you live there full or part time and I consider you all the experts on all things Zihuatanejo!

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by Helene @, Zih, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 20:37 (171 days ago) @ JJK

I rent for 6 months on the south end of Laropa. I have a lovely view of the bay and never use the air conditioning as I get a lovely breeze and cross ventilation. I would suggest you start walking and knocking on doors. For all the publicity Zih gets the rentals are getting harder and harder to find.

Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by JJK @, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 23:12 (170 days ago) @ Helene

We usually come during the summer, which is why I mentioned A.C.
The few times we came over Christmas or spring break, the A.C. wasn't needed with nice ocean breeze. Not sure how it would feel living away from the ocean, but I will find out.

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by 1945gypsy ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, Friday, June 01, 2018, 11:33 (170 days ago) @ JJK

Here are some actual numbers for you. We own an apartment in the Bomberos neighborhood. It's about 500 sq. ft. with high ceilings on the 3rd floor so we get the heat from the roof. We do not have ocean breezes! We put in a 1.5 ton split for the living area which we turn on around 1:00-2:00pm and off around midnight (at the lowest settings of 28-29). We also have a small AC unit in the bedroom often used for a couple of hours in the afternoon plus overnight (setting of 23-24). Our monthly electric bills range between 1000 and 1500 pesos. It's quite a bit but necessary.

Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by OlsenMN, Friday, June 01, 2018, 12:36 (170 days ago) @ 1945gypsy

Here are some actual numbers for you. We own an apartment in the Bomberos neighborhood. It's about 500 sq. ft. with high ceilings on the 3rd floor so we get the heat from the roof. We do not have ocean breezes! We put in a 1.5 ton split for the living area which we turn on around 1:00-2:00pm and off around midnight (at the lowest settings of 28-29). We also have a small AC unit in the bedroom often used for a couple of hours in the afternoon plus overnight (setting of 23-24). Our monthly electric bills range between 1000 and 1500 pesos. It's quite a bit but necessary.

Here are some other numbers. I knew to only rent with a breeze running through my one bedroom apt. In the winter my electric bill is around 250 pesos for two months and I do not need nor use the AC. In the summer I use from 5 PM to sunset (full sun) and my bill runs about 550 pesos for two months. It is all about the breeze.It does not have to be an ocean breeze, just flow from front to back and good ceiling fans. B-)

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by K&B @, Friday, June 01, 2018, 16:32 (170 days ago) @ OlsenMN

Is my math wrong on this? 550 pesos for two months is about $28 USD.

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Electricity costs

by Talley Ho @, Friday, June 01, 2018, 16:48 (170 days ago) @ K&B
edited by Talley Ho, Friday, June 01, 2018, 19:09

That is correct.

Electric bills are interesting here. If you stay under 400 kwh per month, each one costs about a peso. If you go over 400 kwh, they go up to about 4p each, all the way back to the first one. So, your bill could in theory go from about 400p in a month to 1600p in a month. Then, you are stuck at that level (4p per kwh) for a few billing periods. A billing period is 2 months.

You may think that this won't affect you because you don't use a lot of electricity.

If you move into an apartment/condo/house behind someone who has used a lot of juice and is at the 4p rate, that is what you will be paying even if you don't use much electricity. You will be caught in the "few billing periods" of the high rate until you prove yourself to be an under 400 kwh per month for a while.

Yes, this is a gross simplification of how it works, but it gives you the picture. Electricity can either be inexpensive or OMG!!

Most of us have learned to watch our meter and learn what to do and what not to do.

Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by JJK @, Saturday, June 02, 2018, 09:09 (169 days ago) @ OlsenMN

Thanks 1945gypsy and OlsenMN for some real numbers! This is the kind of info I value. I've been researching for this move for about five years so I'm aware of the electricity issues. But hearing about your actual situations in Zihuatanejo is so helpful.
Now, if someone out there has a lead on an apartment to rent, my day would be complete!!

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by hromero ⌂ @, Friday, June 01, 2018, 11:44 (170 days ago) @ JJK

If you are willing to consider areas like out at El Hujal neighborhood you should be able to find two bedrooms with basic A.C. within your budget. Walking to the center is possible (I did that for a few months) but the public transport system (combis) are quite efficient and affordable as well.

As others have mentioned electricity is quite expensive so plan on spending quite a bit on that. The first few months I was here, in the middle of summer, I couldn't sleep without the air conditioner. I have since acclimated better but we also now live in near the beach and up high so almost always have a breeze. We haven't used the air conditioner for ourselves in several months but use a fan on most nights to help cool it off when the breeze dies down and keep the mosquitoes off of us.

Bottom line, I think you can find something that will work for you but you may need to expand your options for where you are willing to live.

I am willing to share some of the places I found when I first moved down here if you want to private message me.

Good luck!

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Is it too soon to apartment shop?

by JJK @, Saturday, June 02, 2018, 09:11 (169 days ago) @ hromero

Thanks, I will send you a private message!