Renting is becoming increasingly popular, especially in the current financial climate. It allows for flexibility of movement and lifestyle. Renting makes it much easier to explore different areas and to move around for business purposes. And if you don’t have the time to make regular updates to your property, it is an ideal scenario.
Before you start looking for new rental apartments, make sure you take the following into consideration.
The first thing to keep in mind is the cost of moving. In addition to the monthly rent, find out how much you will need to pay for a deposit. This is usually around four to six weeks rent. Other fees that may apply are admin fees and referencing fees. Some leases also include a servicing fee.
As with any house move, you will also need to take removal costs into consideration. And of course, there are ad hoc costs for furniture, etc., depending on what you own already.
It’s also a good idea at this stage to get an idea of likely bills. Find out what council tax band the property is in. Ask about average bills for fuel, water, etc.
What Is Included?
You will be aware already whether the property is furnished or unfurnished. Make sure you ask exactly what will be included in the inventory. Some unfurnished properties still provide washing machines, dishwashers, and cookers, etc.
Is There A Garden?
If there is a garden with the property, it is likely you will need to maintain this. How good are your gardening skills? Ask whether the landlord will be able to provide basic tools, such as a lawnmower, etc. If not, you may need to consider purchasing these, unless you opt for a gardener.
Ask about your neighbours. If you’re renting an apartment, it is likely you will be living fairly close to other people in the building. Ask what the neighbours are like and what they do. Find out whether there have been any disputes. Noise is another consideration when you live in an apartment building.
Most of us require internet access for our jobs and personal life. Find out whether the property has broadband access. If not, check whether the letting agent is happy for you to instal this. You don’t want to miss out on your Netflix viewing.
Is The Property Child-Friendly?
This is only relevant if you have children or are planning a family. Check to see how child-friendly the apartment is. Look for potential hazards and how easy they could be fixed.
Some leases prohibit tenants bringing pets. If you have a furry friend, find out in advance whether he is welcome.
The Local Area
If you’re not familiar with the area, spend some time there before you make a decision. Walk around to get a feel for the place. Visit the shops and cafes. Check online for crime statistics in that area. Looking at neighbouring properties will provide some insight as to how well maintained the area is.
Renting is a great opportunity to experience everything the city has to offer. Ensure you’re aware of all the likely costs and implications of living in that property. Once this is out of the way you can look forward to moving in and putting your personal touch on the place.