Well, it’s not working anymore… but why, what’s going on?

You’re getting home from work, you’re tired and then you switch on the light and… nothing, the lamp does not work anymore!

The first step is to eliminate the evidence :

  • Was it the right switch ? A moment of inattention is so quickly arrived!
  • Do you have electricity in the residence?
  • The lamp turns on but flashes, in a Night-Fever kind of way? No doubts anymore, if you have power, the bulb is probably dead! Or in the case of a neon, the choke is on the same track.

The lamp does work but the shutter does not close properly, impeding you to get your well-deserved rest, even after going up and down several times? Geometry will be your ally! Observe the blades: if they get skewed, the wings of the shutters no longer work. It does not close completely? The reel is in fault.

Even worse: it’s winter, a snow storm is coming but the only thing your radiator does is a « gurgling » noise that serves only to bother you? It will need to be purged of the air inside of it. A metallic noise is heard during the heating? The thermostatic valve no longer works! The heating is down throughout the entire flat? The boiler is certainly involved.

In any case and if tinkering is not your forte, don’t hesitate to consult your flatmates, one of them is probably a Bob-the-Builder in the making. In the worst case, your landlord will certainly be able to assist you by sending a professional to fix the problem. Remember to ask if your lease covers these incidences!

How to become the « perfect » roommate in 10 lessons

Living in a flatshare is rather nice provided you follow a few rules. Furnished lists for you the 10 rules to follow to become the ideal roommate.

1. Tranquility and calm
Flatsharing necessarily means sharing several spaces together. You are at home, of course, but it is not needed to make all your phone calls from the living room, to put the TV in the background, to play the guitar in the dining room. Respect the tranquility of the place, especially if your roommates are working!

2. Sharing of tasks
No, your roommates are not your maids! It is essential to set up a schedule of household chores to be done in your home and to distribute the work fairly. You will live in a healthier environment knowing that you have done your part.

3. Respect for privacy
Everyone’s room and everyone will be happy! So, you always knock before entering the private areas of the other occupants of the flat. Same for the bathroom and toilet, especially if your flatshare is mixed.

4. Caring and positive spirit!
Between roommates, we give each other a hand, we help to move a piece of furniture, to fillout paperwork … In short, we are present as we would be with friends and we remain positive in case of problems! This is the best way to make friends and especially to maintain a good atmosphere.

5. Clear and frank communication
Communication and honesty are also assets to have good relations with your roommates and avoid frustrations. Do not keep what’s wrong with you, be clear and say it calmly. There is bound to be a solution and you will find it together.

6. Pay your share
Money matters must be settled as quickly as possible. It’s not complicated, just share all the fees according to the number of people sharing your accommodation. Expenses equally divided will not create any conflict. And do not be late to pay your dues.

7. Minimize the number of big parties
You like big parties, so much the better, but that may not be the case with your roommates. So, avoid organizing one every weekend. And, by the way, even if your roommates like it from time to time, they may end up getting tired of seeing a crowd come home every night!

8. Avoid inviting « weird » buddies
Of course, you can invite friends, but know how to choose them! Indeed, your boyfriend, with his gritty jokes, or your friend with well-defined political ideas may not please your roommates. In short, do not mix genres to avoid unpleasant surprises.

9. Be clean and organized
Be clean everyday. Do not leave your dirty dishes lying in the sink, leave the toilets and the bathroom clean behind your , put away your books that invade the living room … In short, once again, be respectful of others by being organized. If you do not do it for yourself, do it for your roommates, they will be delighted.

10. Cooking for roommates
From time to time, do not hesitate to please your roommates by organizing a small dinner, by cooking a dessert, improvising an aperitif! There is nothing better to create a warm atmosphere between you and get to know each other little by little.

Behind the scenes of the administration in Luxembourg

As is the case every year, the Direct Tax Administration (CDA) will send taxpayers their tax deductions form. Said like that, it seems very daunting but the reality behind it is very important for newcomers.

Indeed, without this tax deduction form, the amount retained from your salary is quite consequent!

This form allows then your employer to apply the exact tax deduction on your remuneration. 

It is therefore very important to check the data in the form to avoid any unnecessary taxation.

The beauty of the Luxembourguish administration is that the tax slip is updated automatically, excepting you change your address and you are a non-resident taxpayer.

You have not yet received your tax deduction sheet? No worries, the RTS offices are open every morning from 8am to 11:45am to welcome you and assist you with your deduction form

Little tip: it is advisable to wait until March 1st before contacting the RTS office to report that you have not received your form as it can take up to that date to be sent to you.

Apartment pictures: Professional or amateur?

Real estate is starting to catch up with the rest of the world with technologies worthy of the future. VR to visit new apartments without coming out of the agency office and photos taken mostly by iPhones.

But is it really a good strategy to save money by not hiring a professional? After all, the game of real estate, especially in the case of a flatsharing is based on pictures and how attractive they are.

Only a professional photographer will be able to draw the quintessence of a room. And while people want « real » pictures, a photographer will be able to not only capture the room’s image but also its atmosphere. Airbnb has understood this concept and employs more than 3000 professional photographers around the world, involving them systematically for each posting. And for good reason, having professional pictures taken makes it more than 2.5 times more likely to score a reservation!

That is why at Furnished, we always use a professional photographer for each of our rooms: to give our tenants a fair idea of volumes, brightness, and comfort but also capture the ambiance of the residence.