How to Find your Ideal Rented Home
Finding your ideal home for rent isn't as straightforward as you may think. While you should be open-minded when considering a property, it can help to formulate a plan to help you find your next home so it can be as close to perfect as possible.
Here are some tips to help you make a wish list that you can use when viewing a property. Your wish list should help you narrow down your search and find a home that will tick off most of your boxes.
Consider your needs
You will need to find a home that has enough bedrooms to meet your needs. Even if you are single, you may want to find a place with an extra bedroom or spare room that you can use as a home office.
If you don't like the idea of setting up a home office in the corner of your living room or at the end of your dining table, then renting a place with a spare room can help you to separate your work life from your home life.
Do you need outdoor space?
If you have a family or a dog, you may want to rent a home with some garden space. However, if the responsibility of the upkeep of a garden is more of a burden than an asset, then an apartment may be more your style.
It may also be cheaper to rent a property without a garden, so if you are looking to save some money on your rent and you are indifferent about having a garden, or you would rather pay the same rent and have more indoor space, then a flat or apartment without a garden would better suit your needs.
Stick to your budget
Having a budget to stick to will help narrow down your search for your next rented home. While it may be tempting to look at rental properties that are above your realistic budget to see what you could get for a little extra money, it may well stretch your finances too thin.
If you have other financial commitments to keep up with, such as car payments, credit card bills, etc., it will help to set a realistic budget for your rented home so you can comfortably afford everything without stress or worry.
Choose the local area
You may already have an area in mind where you want to move to, but it can help keep an open mind about where you will live. If you want to live close to family or friends, tell your estate agent to prioritise rental homes in that area.
However, if there is nothing available in your chosen area, be prepared to look at neighbouring areas that are close by. If you want to move closer to your workplace, you may have to choose a place that is a little further away. But adding an extra five minutes to your commute can often mean finding an ideal property with more reasonable rent.
Register with an estate agent
While you can browse homes to rent online, some properties are rented out before appearing online. It makes sense to register with an estate agent and give them your brief for a property because they may be able to notify you of a suitable home to rent as soon as they are put on the market and before they are shown online.
Why not contact our friendly team to find out how we can help you find your next rented home? We will be happy to talk through your options, narrow down your search and send you alerts about new rental properties coming onto our books.
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