One of the hardest things about moving house is knowing whether or not you’re making the right decision when it comes to choosing the right property. Although a house may look as though it is perfect when you’re viewing it, you may find that things change once you move in.
Although you can’t prevent this from happening, there are a number of things you can look out for to ensure you are making the right decision. With that in mind, here are 4 things to look for when looking for a new house to rent:
The Surrounding Area
One of the most important things you need to look at when viewing a property is the surrounding area. From your neighbours to the nearby amenities, it’s important you know exactly what to expect when you move in. The best thing to do is to spend some time walking around the local area, getting a feel for whether or not you like it. Most of the time you will find you can make your decision pretty quickly.
The Quality Of Maintenance Undertaken
When you’re walking around the property you need to take a look at the quality of the maintenance that has been undertaken. If the house is in bad condition and it looks as though the landlord or landlady hasn’t taken any interest in keeping it well-maintained, you might find that they’re reluctant to fix any issues before you move in.
If you’re worried about this, it might be worth speaking to the estate agents to work out whether or not the home-owner will be willing to make any changes before you move in.
The Quality Of The Floors, Ceilings And Walls
Another important thing to look at is the quality of the floors, ceilings and walls as these are the aspects of a rented house that often get forgotten. Whether it’s due to the previous owners or the lack of maintenance, it’s important the house is kept in good condition.
If you’re concerned about the quality of the floors, ceilings and walls of the property and you’re thinking of moving in to, it might be worth speaking to the landlord or landlady to see if you can make any changes. From updating the laminate flooring to repainting the walls, often it’s better to make a rented house your own.
The Professionalism Of The Estate Agent
Finally, you need to be sure you’re thinking about the professionalism of the estate agent. If they’re regularly late to appointments or you find it hard to get in touch with them, you might want to consider working with someone else. In most cases, landlords and landladys will have their property listed with several different agents in order to reach a wider audience.
Are you looking to move into a new rented property soon? What do you need to look for when you’re viewing a house? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.