So you think you’ve found the one?

by Ed Firmin

Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 10:00

You’ve been to view a few houses with your future flatmates, and you’re on the cusp of making a decision. But what happens next?

Hopefully you will have made some notes when you went on your viewings and it’s wise to all sit down and go through them together, drafting up a pros and cons list for each one.

Take into consideration everyone’s views, and it may be that you need to go back to the landlord or letting agent to ask some clarifying questions, or some additional questions that you forgot to ask at the time.

So bear all this in mind before you make your final decision. However, once you have agreed which way to go, then my advice is not to hang around. You don’t want to have gone through the process of selecting your property, and by the time you get to tell the landlord or the letting agent – uh oh, it’s gone. Frustrating or what?

You may have to go straight round there to put down a holding deposit, so ensure you’ve got enough funds available to be able to do this.

Then confirm everything again. I’ve had students before get confused because they’ve seen so many houses, and each one has different terms so you can get mixed up which one agreed to what.

Find out when the rent has to be paid, how, what fees will be due before you move in etc. Also ask when you can move in. You might be able to move in during the summer, which could be a good thing if you want to get settled, get used to living with your flatmates etc. See if it’s possible for some of you to move in, as not everyone might have the same plan. It’s worth asking, especially if the landlord would otherwise have an empty property, so any rent is better than none for him or her!

Agree what repairs need to be carried out before you move in. And get that in writing.

All that agreed, it’s time to sign on the dotted line, well done, you’ve found your new student digs!

If you’d like any advice on what you need to know before choosing a property, please get in touch, I’m more than happy to help.

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