What to Look for when Renting a House or Flat
Moving into a new home can be on the most stressful experiences you can through. And it is debatable which part is more stressful; the packing, transporting and unpacking of your belongings, or finding your perfect home. As you’re not committing to a mortgage, moving into a flat or rented home is somewhat less stressful than buying a home. But, nevertheless, the process can still have your pulling your new grey hairs out. Let this be a basic guide of what to look for when searching for a new flat.First of all, on whatever properties you view, before making any considerations of renting it or not, check the start and end date of the lease. If you think you’ve found your dream flat or house and you just can’t wait any longer to sign for it out of fear someone else must take it, then it might all go to pot if the start of the lease is after the end of your lease in your old home. If, for example, your current property lease ends on, say, the 27th of July, and the lease of your new property starts on the 1st of August you will, effectively, be homeless for a few days. Needless to say, this will add considerable stress to whole moving malarkey. The best case scenario is you’ll find a friend kind enough to house you and all your possessions for the homeless days; the worst case is that you won’t find anyone and will be on the streets, protecting all your belongings with a stick you found in the gutter. So, before you do anything else, make sure you look for a flat or house where the start of the lease can accommodate your needs.Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few houses where the lease is in your favour, on the second viewing to these homes check the cabinets, draws, and any furniture that is wood based. Why? Because checking wood-based furniture is the best way to discover if the place is infested with unwanted visitors; termites, bugs, and other insects. If you open the draw and it has tiny little indents all over it and is swarming with unidentifiable bugs then it will be costly to debug your house. All in all, it’s probably better, and easier, to leave the infested homes to other potential tenants, whilst you can take a nice, bug-free property.Like with checking for infestation, checking if appliances work is also advisable. If you move in and find the lighting doesn’t work, or you don’t have hot water, you may be liable to fork out the money to fix it. The estate agent or landlord should know everything that is wrong with the house. But because they are trying to sell it, they’ll be reluctant to tell you. But if you ask they have to, by law, make you aware of anything that is faulty with the property. Checking for bugs and the functionality of appliances is a must in order to make your move go as efficiently as possible. The last thing you want to happen is to move into a new home and find that nothing works. Nightmare.Other than what has already been mentioned, be sure to use your own judgement. If a flat seems to be in perfect working order, is in a good area, is spacious, and it ticks all the boxes, yet it is priced somewhat cheaply; be sure to find out why it is. Perhaps it’s next to a loud train station, or the neighbours surrounding it are a nightmare. If it seems too good to be true, find out for sure if it is or not.