7 Easy Steps to Finding your New London Home
Finding a place to rent in London is all part of the exciting adventure of living in the capital, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely enjoying or relaxing. Finding the right place to live can be a time-consuming and expensive thing to do in London, but by using the following tips and advice, you’ll be able to find your perfect new home.
Decide what you want
Before you start booking viewings, write down everything you want in a property before looking at the areas of London that will give you that – for example, shops, bars, transport and safety.
Set a budget for your rent (remembering that bills will be added on top), and do some research about agency fees to make sure you have enough money.
Ask friends and family
If you’re not sure which area of London you want to live in, ask your friends and family if there’s an area they’d recommend, helping you to save time and money and focusing on areas you know will be good for you.
Get a flatmate
A flatmate is a great way of cutting the cost of your rent and bills, and many professionals enjoy having someone else in the home at chat with at the end of the day. Just make sure you spend some time meeting potential flatmates before you agree to move in together to make sure you like each other.
Keep your money safe
Before you give away your money, you should always meet either your landlord or the letting agent in charge of the property, and ensure that your money will be put into a tenancy deposit scheme. You should also receive receipts for the money and rent you pay.
Staying in the centre of London sounds incredibly exciting, but it’s also extremely expensive. By being flexible about staying in areas and suburbs just outside the city, you can save yourself a lot of money, and there are plenty of great transport links to keep you connected.
It may take a while
London rental property is in high demand, so it may take a while for you to find the right flat and you’ll be competing with a lot of other people. Whilst finding somewhere to live isn’t a job interview, it’ll help to keep yourself presentable and make a good impression.
Be prepared for upfront costs
Rental deposits, agency fees, referencing feed and additional charges from your energy and water suppliers will all need to be paid for on top of your first month’s rent upfront. You’ll need to keep all those charges in your mind as you save up to move and ensure you have the funds for when you move.