My Experience Renting An Apartment. Hey everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing five things to know before renting an apartment. Grow Property proudly sponsors this post. Grow Property is a real estate search engine specialising in finding a property based in England. Their services include an auction, buying, selling and renting. I have been living at my rented property for almost two years now. And I would like to share five things I have learnt from renting.
My Experience Renting An Apartment
Before looking for an apartment, I had to set up a budget based on my income and expenses per calendar month. And also came up with a way to save some money while living in the apartment. Like me, you will have to work out what sort of property you will be able to afford, whether that’s something like one of these low cost units that are easier to maintain or something a little more luxurious.
Do not rent a £1000 per month apartment because you earn £2500 per month unless it comes with a good package deal. Instead, you’d rent an apartment between £500 – £800 a month based on a £2500 per month income. You have to remember that there are other bills to pay to keep your home running every month.
When I searched for a property, I looked for something closer to my daughter’s school and a safe neighbourhood. I also wanted easy access to public transport and shops. If you don’t know the area where the property you like is, I advise you to visit the site and spend time around the neighbourhood. Visit the local café and shops, and chat with the people who live there. This way, you can understand the community and the people there.
Fully Furnished or Unfurnished or Part-Furnished
While searching for an apartment, it is also vital to decide whether you want a fully furnished, unfurnished, or part-furnished apartment. Fully furnished is more expensive, while unfurnished is the cheapest. However, if you bring your furniture and then take it with you at the end of the lease. Some Landlord lets you leave them if it’s still in good condition.
Mind you, this is my first time renting a private property. I had lived in a local agency apartment, student accommodation and a secure government apartment. These apartments have total different deals and protocols to get them. I will explain more in an upcoming post.
Honestly, I couldn’t believe how simple the application was. I found the apartment on the agency website, and I called to arrange a viewing appointment. After viewing, I had to apply and wait for a response from the Landlord. There was someone else interested in the property. I panicked and offered to pay higher than the rent arrangement. It took a week or two, and then my agent called to let me know my application was successful. I was very excited, and I wanted to move on the same day.
I had to pay one month’s rent and a deposit to secure the property. I took a lease of 5 years, but I recommend you take a lease of 1 year first and see how it goes. In my case, I already loved the apartment, and I had already made up my mind about how long I would like to stay there. Five years is not a long time at all. I have already been here for two years, three years left.
Renting a private property as a single parent on a low income is a big deal. The fact that I could find an apartment that perfectly fits my situation was Godsent. I wanted an apartment with two bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom with a shower over the bath, a separate kitchen, and a hallway. I also wanted a ground floor apartment, and I hoped it would be a fully furnished apartment. And I found the perfect size apartment for just me and my daughter. We even have a garden and car park open to all residents living on the block. I love my apartment.
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