Check List When Viewing Rental Properties

When you’re trying to find short term apartments in London, the process of viewing individual properties is at the very heart of making the right choice for your circumstances. No amount of research, no matter how much information is now available online or via other sources, can come close to matching the information you’ll be able to take on board during a viewing of any property you’re interested in. The process begins before you even arrive at the property itself, when you get to experience the proximity of local transport links and the presence or otherwise of other local amenities. You may be keen on keeping yourself fit, for example, and so would be eager to ensure that there is a decent gymnasium nearby, or perhaps your main concern is access to a good range of quality local shops. No matter what the focus of your attention is, a while spent in the streets around the property in question will do more than anything else to either reassure or put you off. One of the other chief points to bear in mind when viewing a property is that you should take your time, remain calm and do not allow yourself to be distracted by either high pressure selling or your own natural excitement. If a property appears to tick all your boxes on first viewing it’s undeniably tempting to rush to the conclusion that it’s perfect, that you can stop looking and you’ve found somewhere to stay. One way of avoiding the curse of over-enthusiasm is to take a written checklist with you when you visit a property and, no matter how good or bad the property at first appears to be, work through this list slowly and methodically.

Amongst the items which should be on any list of this kind there are the following:

  • As soon as you spot a listing for a property which sounds as if it might meet your needs, jot the address down, including the postcode. You can use this to engage in web based research and it will also ensure that you don’t forget where any of the short term lets you’re interested in are situated.
  • Make sure you’re punctual when turning up to view a property. Your landlord or letting agent is probably a very busy person who simply can’t afford to waste time waiting around for you to arrive. What’s more, if you’re late for more than a few viewings the chances are that you’ll find other people being unwilling to arrange them.
  • If the owner of the property is accompanying you on the viewing then resist the temptation to make personal comments about factors such as the decorating and furnishings. People are only human – even landlords – and if they think you’ve been rude about their personal taste it may turn them off the idea of having you as a tenant.
  • ‘Road test’ the property. Don’t just look at items of furniture such as arm chairs and the bed, take the time to try them out and sit on them. Not only will this let you discover how comfortable they are in their own right, but it will also give you a feel for what it will be like to actually live in the property. A lot of choosing where to live comes down to intangibles such as the ‘atmosphere’ of a place and whether, when you look around, it feels like home. Deciding upon factors such as these takes time and care.
  • Always be careful to thank the owner or agent when you’ve finished your viewing. If you decide to take the property, then being on good terms with either will be highly advantageous.

Go back and take a second look. Never be tempted to rush into a decision like this on the basis of your first impressions. Try to view the property at another time of the day, for example, so you can get a feel for what the locality feels like as the sun goes down. Don’t be embarrassed to go back a few times and to ask as many questions as you like. A letting agent or landlord would rather you made a considered choice which you stuck to than jumped in too quickly, then discovered more information and felt the need to pull out of the arrangement.

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