What to look for when viewing a property?
Finding a new rental property or room can be a very exciting time however, there are a few things to look out for when you’re at a viewing. We share some of our top tips of what to keep an eye out for.
Be aware of mould and pests
Are there any signs of pests such as mouse droppings, holes in the walls or cracks? It’s always good to keep an eye out for mould especially in damp areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. These things can cause a bigger problem in the future and should be addressed before moving in if you like the property.
Inspect the appliances
Confirm with the landlord or the letting agent what appliances are included with the property such as a fridge, washing machine and dishwasher if there is one. Have a look at whether the appliances are clean and in good working order.
If you can see any problems with them, it’s good to mention it before you move into the property so everything is fixed and in working order beforehand.
Look for smoke alarms and CO2 detectors
All properties must have at least one smoke alarm installed on every story of the property. Plus, if the property uses gas, such as a gas boiler or cooker, check to see if there is a CO2 detector installed. This is for your safety and if the property doesn’t have any fitted, request the landlord to fit them before you move in.
Check out your neighbours and the surrounding areas
It’s good to have an idea of who your neighbours – are such as are they a family, young, elderly, have any pets? For many, you probably don’t mind who your neighbours are however if for some particular reason you feel like you may not be able to get along with them, it’s best to know before you move in.
If you’re looking at a room in an HMO, you may be introduced to the other tenants in the property if they are in. If they aren’t in whilst you’re looking at the property, ask the Letting Agent or Landlord if they know anything about them.
It’s also good to find out more about the surrounding area – Is there a public transport spots nearby? Is it a busy nightlife area? Is it a quieter area? Is it within walking distance of shops? You may want to have a walk around the area after your viewing and investigate a little further.
Furnished or unfurnished?
Whether you’re going to see a furnished or unfurnished property, ask what furniture is going to be left. If you’re viewing a property that already has a tenant in there, you may be
seeing that person’s furniture so you don’t want to assume that it will be left behind.
And visa versa, the sofa or a bed might be part of the property which will save you from buying your own or saves you from moving one that you already have. So if you know beforehand, you can ask the Landlord if they can move the existing one or sell the one currently have if you have nowhere else for it to go.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the landlord or the letting agent at the time of the viewing. Or if you think of something after the viewing, drop an email as it’s always best to be 100% sure of a property before you move in.
If you’re looking for a room or a property to rent in the Crewe or Nantwich area – have a look at what we have available. We have a number of properties and rooms close to Leighton Hospital, Bentley Motors and Crewe Business Park.
What references are required to rent a property?
The most important reference you will need to provide is one from your employer verifying that your earnings are as you’ve stated. If you have previously lived in a rented property, a reference from your previous landlord is required. You may also be asked to provide personal references – these can be from a friend or colleague who can vouch that you are who you say you are and that they believe you will be a good tenant.
Am I a suitable tenant?
A landlord’s ideal tenant is someone who pays their rent on time and doesn’t cause any damage to the property. That’s why we run through background checks on all prospective tenants. These checks highlight issues which may be of concern to landlords including; bad credit scores, previous rental arrears, debt, a criminal record or even if you’ve filed bankruptcy.
What if I’m not a suitable tenant?
Don’t panic if you’ve got a bad credit rating or previous debt, you may still be able to become a tenant by using a guarantor. A guarantor is a family member or friend, who firstly is a homeowner and is prepared to sign a contract stating that if you fail to pay your rent, they will be liable for it. This offers landlords added peace of mind that rent will be paid on time and in full.
Furnished or unfurnished?
Again, this one is down to personal preference and whether you already have your own furniture. Be careful not to fall into the trap of wrongly assuming that taking an unfurnished property will cost less to rent. If money is your sole motivation for choosing unfurnished, make sure you check with your agent that this is the most cost-effective option. Whichever option you go for, make sure it is crystal clear what state the home and furniture were in when you moved in and who is responsible for replacing or repairing it.