Moving to the Capital and embracing city life can be an exciting adventure, and part of this experience is finding a property to rent. However, this mission of discovery presents several challenges you must be willing to overcome, from costs to fast pace systems. Property hunting in London can be an exhausting and time-consuming task, and if this is your first time living in London, then it can be confusing figuring out what you need to do and where you need to look in order to locate a place to stay.
Re-establishing your life in an unfamiliar place can be daunting enough, and this is without the initial complex process of finding a place of your own. However, to make house hunting slightly more manageable and less confusing, here is our guide on how to find a flat in London.
How to find a flat in London Made Simple
In order to save yourself time, efforts and unnecessary expenses, we have pieced together the puzzle to finding a property in London, including the best estate agencies and places to find properties to let. Ensure that you are giving yourself the best possible chances of not only finding a property of your dreams but also having the funds to maintain the flat, keep up your social life and some leftover money in case of emergencies, by following our guide. From staying organised throughout the location process to being flexible with your requirements, take the stress out of finding a flat by getting to know the process behind it:
When looking for a property, you most likely have a list of things in mind that you want to make sure that the property provides for you. Are you looking for a specific location? A certain amount of rooms? Shared accommodation? Or anything else. Before starting the house-hunting process, begin by writing down a list of desired requirements that you’re looking for in a property. This will help you to find a property that actually suits your needs and lifestyle.
You need to consider which part of London you’d like to rent in – check all of the local facilities, any security issues, the transportation options and the distance to places you regularly travel to. Movebubble is a good place to start, as you can find the best places to live within specific parts of London.
You should then spend some time researching the average rental prices of that area; this will help you to set a budget. However, don’t forget to include the cost of agency fees and bills into that overall budget. Many agents, especially in London, charge high fees, so it is essential to take these costs into consideration – it can make a big difference to your final renting price.
One of the most important things for you to do before moving out is to make sure that you have thoroughly gone through all of the things that you will need to pay for during and after the big move. Everything will need to be factored into your budget, as well as making sure that your monthly income will cover rent costs, bills and other payments you will need to make. It is extremely easy to get caught up in the excitement of moving out and forget about all the little payments that you will have to make to ensure everything runs smoothly. Payments that need to be covered include:
- Paying rent in advance – landlords may ask for you to pay your rent one to two months in advance; by paying the rent in advance, it means that you will always be paying a month ahead.
- Tenancy deposit – this will usually be the amount of anything between 4 to 5 weeks rent, but will be given back to you when you decided to leave the property if there has been no damage.
- Any bills once you’ve moved in – this can be electric, gas, water, phone lines and anything else that you will have to pay monthly.
- Taxes – council tax is particularly high in London and can be even higher depending on where you live
Not only are monthly payments that you know you will have to pay be added to your budget, but other things such as food shops, social outings and the occasional treat should be taken into consideration. This is why it is important to make sure that you save before moving out, as you should still be able to enjoy yourself, buy furniture for the house and not feel as though you can’t go out with friends and family due to renting commitments.
Hunting down and securing your ideal property to rent takes meticulous research, preparation, and above all, organisation. If you are not on top of your organisation, then there is the potential for you to miss out on perfect rental opportunities. Likewise, there are a number of things that you will need to plan for and organise once you have chosen your flat to ensure that the moving in day runs smoothly and goes to plan.
Before Moving Out
We would suggest keeping a diary of all your planned viewing appointments, making sure to note down the time, address and name of the person you’re meeting. Alternatively, if you are likely to forget or lose a diary, you could put all of this information into your phone calendar.
It is also worth keeping a list of questions that you will want to ask the landlord about the property. Things to ask could include the type of facilities in the surrounding area, whether or not there have been issues with the property, and then the cost of monthly bills. You may also wish to inquire about the neighbours and whether anyone has had problems with them in the past. You need to ensure you get a good feel of what living in that property will be like. Don’t hold back when it comes to asking the estate agent or landlord questions about the property that you deem to be important.
Maintaining an organised and systematic structure to the way in which you go about your house hunt, will help ensure you are in the right place at the right time. This will only increase your chances of securing a suitable rental property.
Moving Out Day
Organising the move as early as possible will allow you enough time to make sure that you have all of the furniture, decoration services and removal vans ready for you to settle in. The first thing that you should make sure that you do is to notify any ongoing contracts, bill payments and mail services that you will need them to either be cancelled or redirected.
Packing far in advance will relieve the stress on moving day, so it is a good idea to make a list of all the things that you can pack a few weeks ahead and the things you want to keep out and pack the night before. Why not try following the guide on our recent blog about planning ahead of time ready to move out. For a moving out checklist, head over to the Post Office website, where you can find more information about what to do before handing over your keys and how to do it.
It is important to make sure that you have a reliable and trustworthy team helping you to move out. You can guarantee a friendly and professional service when opting for our removals in Hammersmith and the surrounding areas. Not only can we help you to move in, but we can also help you to pack delicate and sentimental items through services such as our packing in St Johns Wood. Once our team have moved you in, you can take a look at one of our previous articles about making a rented property feel like a home.
Depending on where you would like to rent a property, your price range, and what type of property you are looking for, there are several estate agents that can help you find your dream property. Which? has a helpful guide on how to research the best agencies for your requirements, ensuring that they are safe to use and reliable. Some of the best agencies to use for London properties include:
If you are struggling to find an estate agency that you can trust and would like to know more about what makes a good estate agency, take a look at Greater London Properties helpful blog post. Researching agencies around the local area in which you wish to rent is extremely important, as you need to feel as though you can trust the agent you work with and are sure that they can find you the perfect property that caters to your requirements.
Finding Your New Home
Researching, viewing and moving into a new flat is stressful, so making sure that you are organised throughout the whole process can make things ever so slightly easier. It is a good idea to keep your options open throughout the searching process and try not to get your heart set on any properties too soon, as there are an abundance of different places and flats that can accommodate your specifications.
Once you have found your dream property, feel free to contact the Davis and Mac team about our man and van in Primrose Hill and surrounding areas. Our friendly, reliable and professional team specialise in ensuring that you can move into your new home hassle-free and with ease.