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The rental market is a lot faster than than buying and demand for good rental properties is high. So that you don't miss out try to be the first to view and make sure you have the cost of a holding deposit ready in your account. Sign up to email alerts to keep ahead.
Know exactly what is important to you in a property and be willing to compromise on some things? Have a list of questions ready for the agent and if available on the viewing the current occupier. It can be really easy to forget during the viewing itself.
Don't view alone
Never go alone.Take someone with you or attend the viewing with a letting agent. Safety must come first and you will have another pair of eyes to help.
Know the housemates first
If you are renting with others as a house share, make sure you meet all of your potential new housemates before committing. Living with others, especially if you don't know there quirky ways takes a lot of patience. It can be a lot of fun but it can also end in disaster.
Know the costs.
If you can, request to see the utility and council tax bills so you know what to expect. Ask if anything is included in the rent? If sharing, discuss and agree how the bills are split.
If the rental property is advertised as furnished, ask exactly what is included. You want significant additional costs that you may not have budgeted for.
It’s all in the details.
Don’t forget to look at the finer details too. It is so easy to miss the little things when you are viewing a property for the first time and are focused on the big things such as a sunny garden or clean kitchen. Check that all of the doors have proper locks and are secure. Check the water is running properly in the kitchen and bathroom. Look to see that smoke alarms are fitted in the correct places, some recommend CO2 detectors too to monitor gas appliances for leaks.
Intercounty can help you find a new rental home! Our property search lets you search thousands of properties available to rent across the Essex and Hertfordhsire. Sign up for a 'My Move' account on this website to arrange and track your viewings or book a viewing through your local Intercounty branch.