The stress involved with searching for a new flat can lead to mistakes being made during the process, particularly when it comes to checking the little things that really enhance the living experience.
With that in mind, we have compiled a small list of some of the things you need to look out for during your search, so you know exactly what you are getting for your money.
Is Decorating Allowed?
Making a house a home is an important part of anybody's life. For renters, it can make you feel more like you have your own space, rather than that you are simply borrowing it from somebody else.
As such, it is important to speak to your lettings agency to find out what restrictions apply to decorating the apartment. In many cases, property managers will be happy for you to decorate as long as you fill out the appropriate paperwork and cover any signs of damage, such as nail holes, before you vacate the property at the end of your tenancy.
However, others may have strict no decorating policies that you must abide by. Breaking such a policy, especially if it is included in the tenancy agreement, will often be grounds for losing your security deposit.
Are Pets Allowed?
More often than not, most of the flats you visit while searching for a place to rent will not allow pets. This is due to the potential for animals causing damage while staying at the property, which can reduce its viability for future tenants or, at the very least, require property managers to conduct maintenance.
However, in some cases, you will find that pets are allowed. Even then restrictions often apply. It is crucial that you understand these restrictions and follow them to the letter, as any evidence to the contrary may be grounds for breaking the tenancy agreement. Obviously, if you have pets already, this makes your search more difficult.
Is Parking Available?
Convenient parking options are not always available with rented properties, which may cause issues, especially if the property is in an area where alternatives to on-site parking are not readily available.
Safety and security are your key priorities, so take some time to speak to property managers and previous tenants, if possible, to find out if there are any suitable parking locations nearby. Happily, most dedicated residential buildings will have some form of parking available.
Do the Fixtures Work?
It may be time-consuming, but it is important that you check every light fixture, socket, and tap in the flat before making any decisions. You can do this quickly by bringing a phone charger and checking that all of the plugs work. Flush any toilets and turn on the shower to ensure those work correctly too.
Anything that doesn't work should not be considered a deal breaker. However, you should make a note of the issue and inform the property managers. In many cases, this will result in the issue being fixed before you move in.
If you are interested in renting a flat and want to work with a quality lettings agency in London, contact Hills Estate today.