What to check when viewing rental property.

You should always make the most of a property viewing, here are some things to check when you’re viewing a rental property.

Check that the property has been well maintained, check the external parts of the property too. Ask how the property is heated and about the insulation, this will affect how much you pay for your gas and electric. Ask to be shown how it all works, always ask to see the gas safety certificate and instruction manuals for any electrical items.

Find out what furnishings are included with the property, do they meet with fire regulations? Check that the taps, toilet, bath and windows are all working. Check all the door locks – especially external doors. Make sure they all work correctly, it is important that you feel secure in the property.

If you are viewing shared accommodation, ask about communal areas, check how clean they are, how often they are cleaned and whose responsibility it is.

If you drive, ask about parking spaces. If you use public transport, find out how accessible the transport links are, also check how close you are to local amenities.

It’s a good idea to visit at different times of day to see how safe and quite the area is. Talk to existing tenants or neighbours to find out about the area and what it’s like to live there.

If you have children, check what the local schools are like. If you have pets, make sure they would be allowed in the property.

Ask how much the property costs, when the property will be available and also for how long.

If the landlord will be managing the property, make sure you arrange to meet him in person before signing anything.  

It’s easy to fall in love with a property and forget to ask the right questions, make a list of things you want to ask and check them off, that way you should have all the information you need before you enter into a legal contract.

Our property experts will be happy to arrange a stress free viewing for any of our properties.

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