Friday, 13 February 2015

What to look for in rented housing.

It's that time of the year when students are signing for houses that they need for the September coming and this often means that it becomes a chance to look around several houses and work out which suits you and your new housemates best. When looking, there are a couple of things that you should keep an eye out for or ask.

1. Don't judge the house by how messy the current tenants are - When we looked around our current house, the white kitchen cabinets were orange with the combination of grease and bolognse sauce. that combined with the mess in the guys bedrooms would put anyone off. But when we thought about the actual house and the location that is when we decided that this house was a good one!
An example of the mould
to look out for

2. Check for mould or damp - When looking around a house keep an eye on the ceilings and walls for patches of damp (the paint may be discoloured or uneven) and/or mould (think patches of black/dark spots) as this can be something that is reoccurring, and no one wants that problem of having to deal with it when its your house.

3. Condesation between the glass in double glazing - This is something that may not seem of massive consequence as double glazing keeps in more heat than single panes, right? Wrong. Condensation between the glass means that somewhere the seal has broken meaning that there could be an air leak which you don't want when trying to keep a house warm.


4. Talk to the current tenants - They can tell you what the landlord is like and how much they pay in bills. They can give you an idea of how happy they are in the house which is a big deal when you potentially want to be happy there the following year.

5. Check online for reviews of your agents - Best thing is agents and landlords that support you, this is what you are after. By checking online, you can back up what the tenants have hopefully said, and know exactly what you are getting yourself in to.

What do you think? Anything else you should look for in a house?!

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