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In need of advice on moving to barcelona (Barcelona)

Hi all,

I will be working in Barcelona from September 1. My plan was to wait finding a flat until I got there and then just start out in a hostel/room/airbnb or the like. The problem is that if I do that I won't know how many things I should plan to ship there (size of apartment, furnished/unfurnished etc.). So...

If I decide to be a first world daredevil, do you guys have any advise on:

1. any hidden taxes, salaries or other payments when renting an apartment? (e.g. will it cost me some months rent when I leave, so that it won't be a good idea leaving a place after a month? Are there hidden costs not shown in the ad?)

2. how can I make sure the apartment is actually what they say it will be? (condition, equipment etc.)

3. Any advice of 'good rental companies'?

4. any other great advice!!!

- or if you know a great place to stay for Protected content until I get all this apartment-stuff solved out :)

Please let me know if you have any advice - no matter what, you'll surely be more knowledgeable on this subject that I am.

Thank you!

/Tine, Copenhagen