Top Tips for First Time Renters
Searching for your first ever rental property can be a very daunting experience if you don’t know exactly what to look for. You want to be sure your first renting experience goes as smoothly as possible, but may not know what to look for when hunting for a property. That’s why we’ve put together our top tips for first time renters to help to give you a less stressful and more enjoyable experience finding your first rental property!
1. Plan your budget: the first step is the most important. Make sure you know exactly what you can afford and budget for that accordingly. Remember it’s not just the rent you have to budget for – utility bills, council tax, TV Licence, broadband and other amenities all add up! You should also consider deposits, references and furnishings.
2. Start the search: once you’ve figured out exactly what you can afford, you can begin to look for rental properties within that price bracket. The simplest and most hassle free way to begin your hunt is by using our Property Finder. This simple system allows you to easily filter our properties to find something perfect for you.
3. Shortlist and arrange viewings: create a shortlist of properties you like and arrange viewings for these properties. When attending viewings, make sure you ask the right questions. Clarify how much the rent is and what exactly is included in your rent. Find out what additional bills there will be and what their likely cost will be. It is also important to check how much the deposit will be and if it will be protected. Ensure you ask enough questions to feel comfortable with potentially renting the property.
4. Moving in: once you have found and secured a property you love, your moving in date will suddenly creep up on you. Make sure you are prepared for this by ensuring everything is in order. You should be happy the property is in good order, anything that needs repairing or amending should be done before your move in date. Check there is a valid gas safety certificate to ensure the property is safe for your move in date. Generally prepare for moving, the earlier you start to get things in order, the less stress the big day will be!
Following these simple tips should ensure you have a relatively stress free renting experience. Asking all the right questions will help you to feel more comfortable in your new property and can save you from some renting problems!
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