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Things To Consider When Viewing A Property


When you view a property, you always have pre thought of questions but as soon as you step through the front door all those questions are forgotten, until 10 minutes after the viewing is over and they all come rushing back!



Things to consider/ask

The biggest tip we can give you is to print off the property particulars or look through the photos online and make a list of questions room by room which you can take to the viewing.


Some of the common things viewers will check/ask are:

  • Check the shower pressure

  • If you are tall check the shower rail and head can go high enough to comfortably accommodate your height

  • Know the size of your furniture to make sure it will fit in the rooms

  • If you have pets check the landlord will accept pets

  • Location - is the property close enough to work, school, local amenities and family

  • If the area is new, we would recommend you do a trial run from the property to work in rush hour to see what the journey will be like

  • Parking - if you have several cars or more cars than the allocated parking check there is a suitable place, without irritating neighbours, that the cars can be parked. Parking is one of the biggest neighbourly disputes

  • If you are viewing a flat, go in the evening once everyone else is home so you can assess the noise from neighbours

  • Check with the agent what white goods are the landlords so you know exactly what you need to bring/buy

  • Check with the agent if any blinds/curtains are the landlords and will be there for use

  • If the property is furnished check with the agent what belongs to the landlord, don't assume everything you see is the landlords especially if the property is tenanted


Viewing


Rental properties can move extremely quickly, we always recommend everyone moving into the property attends the viewing, second viewings aren't always possible.



Moving

Be in a position to proceed with the property if you like it. If your offer is accepted, you will need to provide:

  • A holding deposit

  • Photographic identification for each applicant over the age of 18 (e.g. Driving Licence, Passport)

  • Proof of address for each applicant over the age of 18 (bill or bank statement no older than 6 months)

Be ready for referencing and have the following to hand:

  • Your last 3 years address history

  • Your employment details

  • (If self-employed) Have accounts/accountant details ready

  • (If a company) Have two trade referees ready

  • Your landlord details

  • Your UK bank account details

  • Encourage your referees to respond swiftly

We hope the above has been useful and helps you upon your next viewing. To view the properties we have available to rent please click here.

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