by Ed Firmin
Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 10:00
I know you’re probably checking out for Christmas, but have you managed to start thinking about getting a property for next year? The only reason I ask is that I’m really busy with viewings, and properties under my watch are already being snapped up!
So, if you haven’t worked out who you want to live with and where, then now’s the time to get on the case.
I would advise that you get at least a couple of viewings under your belt if you can this year, imagine going home for Christmas with the deal already done, not having to worry about what’s going to happen next year? Bliss!
Every day the number of properties is dwindling as more people sign on the dotted line, so to give yourself the best chance of getting the right one for you, then I would absolutely start your hunt now, especially as it’s going to quieten down over the next week or so as you all head back home for Christmas; you’ll have the pick of the properties to choose from!
So get your group together, agree on a budget you want to stick to, and start searching. Go to your student accommodation office, and trawl the listings. Have a look what’s on offer, what’s in your price range, and start to compare what you could get for your money.
Make a list of the things that you would like to have; be on a bus route, good internet connection, lots of storage, more than one bathroom, whatever it is, and then see how likely it is that you can get properties which match your criteria.
Don’t be tempted to go above your budget, if you can’t afford it, then don’t. It’s as simple as. You don’t want to get in debt any more than you have to, or end up struggling to pay the bills each month. The last thing you want is to find there’s no money left to enjoy your time at university, having to stay in while all your mates are at the pub. It’s just not worth it for an ensuite bathroom. Trust me.
There really is no substitute for going to see a property, you really do get a good feel for what a place is like by walking around, and trying to visualise whether or not you can see yourself staying there.
Usually, if it feels right, and it fits your budget, then it probably will be right. Never underestimate the gut feeling, but ensure that you have done all your research too. Ask as many questions as you need, find out what bills need to be paid, what’s involved with the upkeep of the property, identify what repairs you want doing, etc.
If you’d like to see what properties we have available, or would simply like some advice on budgets, what’s involved with renting a property, or have any other questions, please get in touch, I’m more than happy to help!