Top 6 Tips for Students Viewing a Property

  • Does any of the furniture belong to the current tenants?
  • Is there enough storage space?
  • Is there all the furniture that you might need?
  • Cleaning
    • Is the accommodation clean?
    • Is it going to be clean before you move in?
    • Are the carpets (if applicable) going to be washed?
    • Who is responsible for the cleaning?
    • Is there any cleaning equipment provided (hover, mop, broom)?
  • Repairs
    • Are there any dripping taps?
    • Are there any leaks
    • Is there any damp?
    • Are there any other repairs that need doing?
    • Who is responsible for the repairs?
    • Who will pay for the repairs?
    • How long would you be expected to wait for the repair to be completed?
  • Security
    • Are there adequate locks in doors and windows?
    • Do all the ground floor windows have security catches?
    • Is there a working burglar alarm?
    • Is there fire detection and extinguishing equipment?
    • Is there a secure fire escape?
    • What does the building insurance cover?
    • Do I need to get insurance for my belongings?
    • Is there an secure place to leave the bikes?
  • Financial arrangements
    • What does the rent include?
    • What are the extra charges (electricity, gas, water, council tax, inventory charge, etc)?.
    • What are the average electricity/gas/water bills of the previous tenants?
    • Is there a damage deposit required? How much would it be?
    • When would the damage deposit returned?
    • Is there a retaining fee to secure the house? How much would it be?
    • How could the rent be paid (by direct debit, standing order, cash, monthly, weekly?
  • What do you think? Have we missed a crucial tip? Suggest some more tips by submitting a comment below.

    Source: LiveOut | http://www.liveout.co.uk/