Renting a new property is an exciting time for everyone, whether you’re a family looking for a taste of life in the seaside resort of Penarth or a young professional eager to enjoy an apartment with views overlooking Cardiff Bay. But don’t let your excitement blind you from rogue landlords and property faults that become noticeable only after the move. Preparation is key – there’s a great deal of planning involved to make your move an easy process. Follow these tips to ensure you stay ahead in the rental market.
Be careful of great first impressions
Although that stunning apartment overlooking Cardiff Bay may sweep you off your feet, take time to check that everything you need has already been installed in the property and is working. The last thing you want is to find a less than adequate fridge after your rather hefty shop at the local supermarket.
Flatmates can make or break a house
Ensure that you can see yourself living with any potential future housemates. Your friends may seem great on a night out, but that doesn’t necessarily make them great to live with. Money is often cited as the main reason behind a break-up in atmosphere. Be careful not to rush into any decisions with people you don’t fully connect with.
Ensure you pay on time
Landlords love it when you pay on time. It fosters a solid relationship between you and them and often means that they will be more than happy to help if there are any future problems with the property. Provided you have set up a standing order, you can be sure that any payments to your landlord won’t be forgotten.
Take care of the property
Although your first steps on the property ladder may usher in many a housewarming party, be careful not to create damage, especially as you move furniture into your new home. Even though you do not own the property, the landlord can still charge you for significant damage caused through carelessness.
Don’t forego your deposit
Some landlords are well versed in the practice of squeezing out deposits from naive renters. When you first arrive in the property, take a note of any wear in the furniture or cracks in the walls. It’s a good idea to take photographs so if there’s any query at the end of the tenancy agreement, you can show the photos and declare that you are not at fault. If the deposit isn’t returned without a sound explanation then you can report the landlord to a regulatory body or take the matter to court.
We hope our helpful guide will make moving into your dream home as easy and stress-free as possible – now get packing!