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Our guide for first time renters

5 House Hunting TipsWhen you’re looking for property to rent, whether it’s a family house or a first flat, there are a few things everybody should keep in mind:

1.    Contact a good letting agent:

A good agent won’t be afraid to answer upfront questions about fees and charges. They’ll be able to explain to you clearly which government-approved deposit scheme your deposit will be held in. They won’t pressure you to sign documents or transfer money before you’ve seen the property and agreed the let.

2.    Are you moving to a new area for work?

Ask your new employers if they (or a colleague) can recommend the best areas to start your search.

3.    Decide your top priorities:

Are you looking for cafes, galleries and a thriving nightlife? Good transport links to the city centre? Or are you more interested in good schools and quiet roads? Is more living space important to you? Or a more upmarket area? What is realistic in your budget and what are the deal breakers for you?

4.    Be nosy:

Turn on the taps and showers to see what the water pressure is like; check under the sink for mould; poke in the cupboards; ask about the neighbours – and if you get the chance, talk to the neighbours!

5.    Be prepared for references and credit checks:

If you are new to the rental sector and have no previous landlords, then talk to your employer about providing a reference testifying to your earnings and character.

So once you’ve signed up for your RightMove property alerts (where all our properties are listed), keep this tips list close and happy hunting!

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