The Who, Where and How’s of Property Rental
When it comes to renting a property, you need to take a few things into consideration. If you end up making a bad decision there’s not much you can do about it, for a few months at least! So if you’re thinking of renting accommodation, here are a few things to consider:
Who: Who are you living with? Alone, with your partner or in a group? It’s important to decide this long before anything else, because securing a property is made much more difficult when you can’t tell the landlord how many will be definitely staying. While some landlords are easygoing about how many stay (those who charge by room are usually not fussed) but many landlords agree to a fixed price. For example, if four people want to flat-share as a group of 5, the landlord may well expect 5 people’s rent every month. You don’t want to have to fork out for more than you should, so make sure you decide who you’re living with, and stick to your decision.
Where: In considering where to live, you need to think locally and generally. Many factors come into this decision – money, lifestyle and convenience. If your funds are a bit low, finding a city with low rent prices like Bradford might be the choice for you. If you are a light sleeper, it might be wise to avoid living in the city centre – the noise and light pollution will be incessant. For that reason it might be better to live on the edge of a city or in a smaller town.
How: Think about how you’re going to find your property. There’s the newspaper if you’re moving within the same city, and recommendations from friends are always valuable. You could apply online, but this is generally not recommended as you need to see your property in order to decide if you want to live there. The other option of course, is to visit your local letting agents. My local one was the leading letting agents for property rental in Erdington (where I live) and they helped me out, from finding a property all the way to rental.
I’m now happily situated in my new abode because I considered all of these factors. If you check off this list as you go, you’re sure to find the perfect property for you, whether it be a flat, chalet or longboat!