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Things You Need to Consider When Renting a House

Things to consider when renting a house

Things to consider before moving into your new rental property

When looking for a rental property, there are plenty of things to consider. There is a huge amount of choice, particularly if you are moving to or within larger cities such as London and Brighton, and finding a property that suits your needs, within your budget, can feel overwhelming.

Whether you are a family looking to rent a family home, friends or a couple hunting for a flat share, or students searching for a great property for both work and play, all renters needs are different.

Despite this, however, there are some fundamental things that all renters should know before setting off on the journey to find the perfect place to call home…

1. Hidden costs of renting a house

Having money saved before you move into a rental property is crucial, as there may be costs associated with renting a property that you may not have considered. Not only will you usually have to pay a deposit (typically 6 weeks rent) in advance, and the first months rent upfront, there are also administration and referencing fees to consider which can add up to hundreds of pounds.

The cost of moving your belongings is also worth considering, as removal companies vary in cost and quality greatly.

While unfortunately we can’t offer to pay your deposit for you! However, if you are looking for a friendly, experienced and affordable removal company in Brighton, London or anywhere in the UK, Lix removals can take the stress out of moving day, giving you one less thing to worry about!

2. Bills, bills, bills

Get on top of your bills as soon as you move in. Tenants are likely to pay for all household bills and Council tax (though in some agreements bills are included in the rent). Understand what you are responsible for paying before you move in. Do meter readings on move-in day to make sure that the old tenants are paid up, and that you don’t end up overpaying on your first bill.

3. Electrical goods

Understand what you can expect from your landlord in terms of electrical goods. Regardless of a property being furnished or unfurnished, there still should be most basic electrical goods supplied within the property before you move in. Ovens, fridges, washing machines and freezers are all standard appliances that most rental properties are equipped with. However toasters, microwaves, kettles and dishwashers are not.

Know exactly what is included in the price of your rent, and who is responsible for fixing appliances should anything go wrong – this way you can make sure you have factored this all into your budget before signing a rental agreement.

4. Warning signs to consider when renting

At a viewing the landlord or letting agent will most likely talk the property up, so it is important to keep your wits about you, and be eagle-eyed to look for any potential issues that could cause problems later down the line.

Things to look out for include:

Guttering for moss and mould, water pressure in the shower and from the taps, damp patches and mould, doors and windows opening and closing easily, locks working OK, and lights and switches all working too.

If you have any concerns, raise these with the person showing you around. They should be able to assure you all issues will be addressed by the landlord before you move in. If they are not willing to do this, you might want to think about looking elsewhere.

5. Pricing

Make sure you know what other properties of similar size and quality are priced at within the same location. Understanding what a reasonable price is for similar properties will ensure you know that you are getting a good deal, rather than paying far more than you should!

6. Read the contract thoroughly

Last, but by no means least, make sure you read through your contract carefully. It is so easy to skip this part, but making sure you are clear about all the terms of your contract is so important, and if you aren’t sure about anything, ask for an explanation before you sign.

Providing you stay organised and keep your wits about you, you can make sure that you move into a great property at a reasonable price.

If you need any assistance moving to or from a rental property in the UK or overseas why not give Lix Removals a call on 01273499051 and one of our experienced and professional team will be happy to help.

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