When discussing how to get something done in Bali, you usually have two choices: do you want to spend your time or do you want to spend your money?
This couldn’t be truer than when applied to looking for a place to live in Bali (whether you're searching for rentals in Bali or places to buy). There is accommodation to suit every budget here and there are also helpers to accommodate every budget here.
Rentals in Bali
In this article, we'll be mainly talking about Bali house rentals, although I say a few words about actually buying a property.
Real estate agents
By far the most expensive way to go would be to go through one of the many real estate agents that are available here in Bali. These businesses thrive on the fact that we, as westerners would generally not think of handling something like this in our own country without someone like that acting as the middleman.
In Bali however, these middlemen are not really necessary and will do nothing but add to the price of your accommodation.
How to start looking for a house
Your best bet is to think first about your budget, the area you want to live in and what sort of amenities you need in your living space. There are certain publications like the Bali Advertiser, which is the weekly expat newspaper with many ads of houses for rent, but often they are priced with the western budget in mind.