When you’re looking for a new home to rent, making the most of the viewing is crucial. Use our top tips to help.
Get there quick.
The competition for good rental properties is high, and the best properties will be snapped up quickly. To be sure you don’t miss good properties, try to get there quick and be the first to view. Sign up to email alerts to be ahead of the crowd.
What’s important to you? What questions do you need to ask? Make a list, because it can be easy to forget these things once you’re making a viewing.
Take a friend.
Never go to a viewing alone. Take a partner, a friend, or attend the viewing with a letting agent. It’s safer, and you’ll have someone to ask for a second opinion.
Meet the new housemates.
Looking at a house-share? Make sure you meet all of your potential new housemates. It’s hard to tell in just a few minutes whether you’ll be able to live with someone, but you do learn a lot from first impressions.
Check the bills.
Ask to see utility and council tax bills so you know what to expect. Is anything included in the rent? If it’s a house-share, ask how the bills are split.
Is the property furnished, or will you need to bring your own bed? You need to know as this could be a significant additional cost that you may not have budgeted for.
It’s all in the details.
A modern kitchen and a huge garden can be scene stealers. But don’t forget to look at the details too. Check all doors are secure. Check the water is running properly in the kitchen and bathroom. Look for smoke alarms in every room.
Your Move can help you find a new rental home! Our property search lets you search thousands of properties available to rent across the UK. And you can book a viewing through your local Your Move branch online too.
FAQs for tenants
Useful Frequently Asked Questions to help guide you through renting a property.