When you start to think about renting your first home, it can feel like everyone else is sorted and already knows what they are doing. The truth is that the process of renting a home can be a complicated one and if you find this a little daunting you are far from alone!
The first thing you have to do is research the area you are interested. Just because you can move out at the end of your tenancy (usually 12 months) doesn’t mean that you will want to. Instead you should be thinking about things in the longer term. Thankfully there are many ways to look into the local area so you can easily read up and make sure the location is right for you. Websites such as the police government website can even help with checking crime rates.
Take Advantage Of Facilities
There are different ways to look up residential lettings and you should make sure you check all of these. Just because you think you know where you want to rent from that doesn’t mean a little research won’t help! By looking at different agencies and even websites such as Loot and Gumtree you can easily look at what is available and make sure you are getting value for money.
Don’t Rush Your Decision
It is easy to be swept up in the excitement of a new home, but you most definitely should not rush your decision. You’ll probably view a number of properties before you find one you like. The ones you don’t like, you’ll probably know straight away. However when you see what you like, make sure you take your time in viewing it!
When you do see one you like – ask questions and lots of them. Make sure you ask about the area, neighbours and even items in the home such as appliances. In fact it can be really helpful to be organised and put together a checklist of questions to ask before you leave home – so you have them to hand when the time comes to make your decision on renting.
When you’re looking to rent you also need to think about extra costs that you might have to move. For example, you’ll almost certainly need to pay a deposit before you move in. If you’re renting through an agency then you should also ask them about their fees because you will need to take these into consideration too!
Make a List
When you move in make sure you make a list and take photos of everything that is there – especially if anything is already damaged. You should store this in a safe place as you might need to refer to it when you move out and want to apply for your deposit back.
If there is problem then you should tell your landlord straight away. It can be easy to want to sit back and not be a pest, but you could be making the problem worse. It is also worth looking through the This is Money Tenants Rights Guide so you know what your rights are regarding repairs and damages.