Sites to look for homes for individuals
Finally, the time has come for you to move house and find a bigger place to live. To find your next home, you have decided to take advantage of the infinite resources of the Web; the problem, however, is that you really struggle to extricate yourself in the vast world of the Internet, so you would need some advice on the sites to look for a home from individuals, as you feel you do not want to turn to real estate agencies.
If that’s the case, keep reading: in the course of this tutorial, I will guide you in using some websites that will allow you to find a house for rent or for sale, with ads made mainly by individuals. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a house from a private individual as a base for your next holidays, no problem, I will also help you in this by recommending sites suitable for the purpose.
Now, however, ban the chatter and let’s get to the point. Find everything explained below. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and wish you a big good luck in finding your next home!
- Sites to look for a house for private individuals (sale or rent)
- Other solutions for selling or renting private homes
- Ads sites to look for a house from individuals
- Other solutions to look for a house from individuals with ads
- Sites to search for homes from individuals or real estate agencies
- Only for rent
- Other sites to look for homes from individuals, from real estate agencies and for holidays
Sites to look for a house for private individuals (sale or rent)
The fastest and cheapest way to find accommodation is to consult websites to search for private homes for sale or rent with solutions that do not provide intermediaries: here are some of the best in the category for you.
You probably already know Airbnb, the well-known Web portal that acts as an intermediary between those looking for a room, or accommodation, for short periods and people, often private, who have such spaces to rent.
If you have used Airbnb to find accommodation during a trip, or a weekend trip, you should know that the platform is also able to offer users opportunities for long-term rentals, starting from a stay of at least 28 nights.
If you are interested in learning more about this solution, connected to this link: you can take advantage of comfortable apartments, even with hotel treatment and pay a monthly fee. Warning: this is not a lease agreement.
To book your long-term stay with Airbnb, register on the official website, or use the Android app, downloadable from the Google Play Store (or from an alternative store, if you don’t have Google services on your device), or to iOS / iPadOS, downloadable from the App Store.
This done, use the form you will see on the home page by entering your destination in the field called Where, define the Check-in date and the Check-out date, as well as the number of Adults and Children who will stay in the structure, then click on the Search button.
Evaluate the proposals provided by the portal and, once you have identified the option that interests you, select the relative card, then inside it choose the Book button to reserve the apartment, following the instructions provided.
To learn more, read my guides on how Airbnb works and how to join Airbnb. You might also be interested in knowing how to pay on Airbnb. Maybe, instead, it is you who want to offer your house for rent on the platform: no problem, read my guide on how to rent with Airbnb.
The other great portal that allows you to quickly and easily book accommodation, practically anywhere in the world, is Booking.com.
Compared to what is seen with Airbnb, the Booking.com platform does not allow users to stay at a property for more than 30 days. In any case, it could prove to be a useful solution, to be exploited for a transitional period, while looking for stable accommodation in a new city.
Booking on Booking.com is very simple: go to the official website of the service or use the app for Android devices, to be downloaded from the Google Play Store (or from an alternative store, if you do not have Google services ), or from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Keep in mind that, sometimes, the prices may be different between the browser version of the portal and the app for smartphones and tablets, with more substantial discounts within the latter.
Once this is done, use the Where do you want to go field to decide the destination and the Check-in and Check-out items to define the dates of stay in an accommodation. Then enter the number of people, any children and rooms you want to occupy, then click on the Search button. At this point, you just have to sift through the proposals provided by the portal and, once you have identified an interesting option, press the See availability button in the preview. When you are convinced of the choice, select the option Book now in the detailed description of the accommodation and follow the rest of the instructions on the screen.
For all the details on how to take your first steps on Booking, consult my guide on the subject. If, on the other hand, what you want to do is propose your own property for rent, read my guide on how to rent on Booking.
A Web platform that also allows individuals to search for a home is Idealista, the well-known site created as a portal for advertisements between individuals for the sale and rental of properties.
To search for a private house using Idealista, all you have to do is connect to the official website of the service, then select the item Sale or the item Rent, according to what interests you, choose the type of property using the drop-down menu, type the name of the area where you want the house to be located. At this point, click on the Search button. On the next page you can see a map of the place, select a specific neighborhood to look for a house, or draw yourself the area that contains the place where you would prefer to live.
In addition to browser search, you can also download the Idealista app for Android devices, from the Google Play Store, (or at an alternative store, if you don’t have Google services ) or from the App Store, for iOS / iPadOS.
After choosing your reference area and starting the search, take into consideration the cards that the portal offers you: if you want to carry out a negotiation without intermediaries, read the announcement carefully, making sure that it does not come from a real estate agency, usually always reported. Also keep in mind, however, that relying on an agency can provide you with greater guarantees.
Once you have chosen a property, you can use the appropriate form in the description to contact the advertiser.
Other solutions for selling or renting private homes
Do you want to know other solutions for selling or renting houses from individuals, given that you are looking for accommodation and would like to manage it on your own? You are satisfied.
- Casa da private is a website that allows individuals to buy and sell a house without contacting intermediaries and is characterized by the presence of a streamlined and minimal user interface that will allow you to browse without distractions. It offers a search engine for selling, renting, searching for holiday homes and even single rooms.
- HomePalis a perfect site if you are looking for a house and you are absolutely convinced that you do not want to contact a real estate agency: once you have connected to its site, you will first have to indicate whether you are looking for an apartment for sale or for rent, by click on the relevant button.
- Click Case is an easy-to-use website that allows you to compare numerous advertisements published exclusively by private individuals. The interface of the website is fairly straightforward and ample space is given to the descriptions with fillable forms in all its parts. It is also possible to publish your own ad for sale or rent completely free of charge. There is also the possibility to take advantage of additional paid services such as moving or energy certification, for which it is possible to request quotes for free.
To learn more about the sector, also read my guides on sites to find houses for rent and on sites to sell houses, if you are interested in this possibility.
Ads sites to look for a house from individuals
A no-cost method could be to consult the classifieds sites to look for a house from individuals: I point out the most important and well-known among them. Warning: when you use these methods, “go with the lead”, making sure that they are real ads and advertisements. The risk of potential scams could be high: I take no responsibility for this.
Bakeca.it is undoubtedly one of the most well-known classifieds sites for the sale or rental of houses, apartments, lodgings and rooms for students. To use the free service, simply connect to the official website of Bakeca.it, decide whether to register or not and, from the Search by category section, select the Case icon. Use the menu at the top of the screen, or the side menu, to filter the results, then hit the Search button.
Evaluate the results and, when you find something that seems right for you, open the ad and use the options Show phone or Reply, to contact the advertiser.
The free classifieds portal Kijiji is owned by eBay and is also widely used to search for houses and accommodation: using it is really a breeze.
To use the service, connect to the official Kijiji website and use the All categories menu to choose the Case item. On the page that opens, select a reference region on the map of the peninsula and, again using the side menu, choose an item among All houses, Sell, Rent, Rooms and beds. Now take a look at the ads, click on the one you are interested in and use one of the items linked to an action, such as the Reply item, the Call item or the Chat item, to get in touch with the advertiser.
Kijiji is also available in an app version, in download for Android devices from the Google Play Store (or from an alternative store, if you do not have Google services ), or from the App Store, for iPhone and iPad.
The famous classifieds site Subito.it allows anyone to sell objects and goods for free, but, in fact, it can also be used to look for a house for private individuals.
Connect to the official website of Subito.it and read my guide on how to subscribe to Subito.it, to take the first steps on the portal. Once this is done, go to the Explore our sections area and select the Properties box, then click on Search for properties. Fill in the items in the form that will appear, then click on the Search item. Check the selection of ads proposed and choose the Contact item, within the specific tab of the one you are interested in. Please note: also on Subito.it there may be ads from real estate agencies, which are usually reported. Avoid them if your intention is to use sites to search for private homes without paying commissions.
Subito.it is also available in an app version, which can be downloaded for Android devices from the Google Play Store (or from an alternative store, if you do not have Google services ), or for iOS / iPadOS devices from the App Store.
Other solutions to look for a house from individuals with ads
If what I have just proposed to you does not seem sufficient, among the other solutions to search for a home as private individuals with ads that I can suggest, there is that of taking advantage of social networks, to search for a home even for free: above all I recommend you refer to Facebook.
One idea could be to look for a private home with Facebook groups: connected to the well-known social network through its official website, or through the Facebook app ( Android / iOS / iPadOS ) and use the Groups icon. On the page that opens, in the Search section, type a search key related to your purpose (for example, rentals, houses for sale, Florence rentals, etc.). Look at the results obtained and identify any themed groups on the subject, so try to sign up for any of them that you think are reliable.
Alternatively, you can also try to view the ads in the Facebook Marketplace section: as already specified for ad sites, also in this case pay a lot of attention to the truthfulness of the proposals on social networks.
Sites to search for homes from individuals or real estate agencies
You like autonomy in choices, but you don’t always feel safe without professional support: here, then, is a list of sites to look for a home from individuals or real estate agencies.
The Immobiliare.it portal is very well known in the sector: inside it mainly real estate agencies publish advertisements, while also allowing individuals to put their offers online.
To use the service, connected to the official website of Immobiliare.it , decide if you want to register and use one of the items above the search bar, including Sale, Rent, Auctions, Currency houses and Agencies. Below the search bar you will find the options to determine, if necessary, a price range and surface area. Going down slightly on the page, it will be possible to select other items to skim the results: once all the filters have been set, press the Search button. Once you have read the various proposals, you can contact the advertiser.
Immobiliare.it is a service that you can also find in the form of an app, downloadable for Android devices from the Google Play Store (or from an alternative store, if you do not have Google services on the device), or for iOS / iPadOS devices from the App Store.
Only for rent
In case your goal is clearly to rent a house, what could really do for you is SoloAffitti, the online real estate agency with physical locations, specializing in rentals.
To consult SoloAffitti dal Web, connected to the main page of the service, then decide if you want to register. At this point click on the word Search a house for rent and, on the page that opens, select the type of property that interests you, the city of reference and, if you want, also choose a specific area. Once the parameters have been set, click on the Property search button and observe the results obtained: when you find an interesting proposal, click on the relative card and use the Request information form, to get more details.
As for the app version of SoloAffitti, on the other hand, for those looking for a private home, only the Only Short Rentals app is available, therefore dedicated to those who want to spend a few days away from home, for example on vacation. You can download it, for Android, from the Google Play Store (or from an alternative store, if you don’t have Google services ) or from the App Store, for iPhone and iPad.
Other sites to look for homes from individuals, from real estate agencies and for holidays
If the topic interests you, in the following list you can find advice on other sites to look for a house from individuals, from real estate agencies and for holidays.
- it: among the Internet sites to search for a house for sale or rent by individuals, but also by real estate agencies, there is the Casa.it web portaland its rich database of ads. A website that I recommend you to visit from the moment it stands out for some of its predominant features: its clear and captivating user interface, the ability to publish an ad for the sale or rental of your home completely free of charge and the presence of high resolution images even at 360 °. Also available in app version for Android / iOS / iPadOS .
- Casa Noi: this web portal differs from all the others since it is based on the publication of advertisements by individuals. The Internet site allows you to publish a free ad concerning the search for a house for sale or for rent. Obviously, even those who intend to sell or rent their home can register and publish an ad without paying: an internal system will allow the parties to get in touch, in case of matching needs.
- Wimdu: this site is well reviewed and it is a web portal dedicated to the search for private houses to rent for short holiday periods. With its 350,000 available apartments, Wimu allows you to search by choosing from more than 100 destinations. What is most complicit from a user experience point of view is the featured section for reviews.
- Housetrip: This website is aimed at those looking for holiday homes and is a website that should not be underestimated, especially since it is linked to the very famous hotel search engine Tripadvisor.
- it: if you are looking for a home for your holidays, absolutely refer to this website as it is affiliated with the well-known Immobiliare.it group. Casevacanza.it is an Italian web portal that stands out for its ability to search for holiday homes in destinations around the world. Casevacanza.it can also be consulted through the free application for Android / iOS / iPadOS.