The Essential Guide For Moving Out For The First Time: Renting

Moving Out For The First Time

Moving out for the first time can be pretty scary! We all have to do it at some point, but it can be daunting and slightly overwhelming. Just knowing that you won’t have your  parents near you can be a stressful thing to get used to.

It’s extremely exciting and rewarding to run your own home. So, if you’re thinking of moving out, take some of the stress out, and read my guide on everything you need to know!

Arranging Viewings

Deciding on a house is mostly based on personal preference, but there are lots of things to consider. Is it in a suitable area? Is it close to the things you might need? You also need to think about your work, and whether you have any requirements for it. Can you drive? If not, is there public transport?

The best place to start to look for places is http://rightmove.com

You can input search criteria to find the ideal house for you. It may be that you need to have a certain amount of bedrooms, or you need it to be within 5 miles of a specific location, and so you can use this site to search specifically for those things.

The website has the built-in function to email the agent, so when you’ve found somewhere you would like to view, just send them a direct email. They will email or call you to arrange a time to view the property.

Things to consider when viewing a property – and things to look out for!

When viewing a property, it is a good idea to have a list of things that are essential for you, and things that you would like to know.

This is my personal list of what I would ask/look out for at a property viewing:

  • How do you heat the property? Is it oil or gas? Does it have storage heaters? Using storage heaters can be very expensive in my area, so I would avoid this if possible.
  • Is there proper off-road parking?
  • Are there any built-in appliances?
  • What council tax band is it? [This directly relates to how expensive the council tax will be each year]
  • Does the landlord allow pets?
  • Is there a working phone line?
  • Does it have tv points? In the living room and bedroom?

Obviously this is  my personal list, but it can be a starting point for you when you are thinking about the sorts of things you need to know.

Whilst viewing the property, it’s important not to get too excited and swept away before you know all of the facts. Always check the property for damp, and make sure that the carpets are all in good condition. Check the outside space, and write a note about anything that you want to remember. Ask the estate agent any questions you have, as they are usually knowledgeable on each property they are in charge of letting.

white marble modern kitchen

What do I do if I want the property?

Once you’ve found the ideal place for you, what do you do next? 

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have enough money to pay the deposit and the fees. Any property that you want to rent will most likely require a deposit, which varies depending on the size and monthly rent. The estate agents will also charge you administration fees for the services they provide during the whole process.

The deposit is usually around £1000, which includes the first months rent. It can be more or less than this, depending on the situation.

The administration fees vary depending on the estate agent involved. It’s usually around £100-£150 per person who wants to live in the property.

You must have the money in a bank account, as you cannot use credit cards to pay these charges in 99% of situations. I’ve never come across an estate agent that allows you to do so, which I think is down to the fact that you must have the funds up front to make the kind of commitment that you are making.

Next, you need to contact the estate agent that is in charge of the letting, and put in an application. This is sent off to the landlord for viewing, so that they can confirm or decline whether you are accepted to become the tenant for the property.

putting in your application for the property

At this point, you will also be required to pay the administration fees. You can usually do this in branch with your estate agents, or over the phone using your bank details.

You need to be certain this is the property you want, as if you don’t finish the application process for whatever reason,  your fees will not be returned to you!

The estate agent will come back to you and let you know whether you were successful in your application. It can be excruciating to wait for that phone call, especially if you really like the property! If it’s a yes, then that’s great! If it’s a no, then don’t be too disheartened, just keep looking, and something ideal will come up.

So, your application has been accepted!

Once you’ve been given the going ahead for a property, the next step is to wait for the tenancy agreement to come through. This is usually posted out to your current address.

The estate agent will usually perform what’s called an inventory at the property, which details the features of the house, and any outstanding wear and tear. This is to help protect you and the landlord when it comes to the end of the tenancy period! It tends to be included with the tenancy agreement documents.

Make sure you have a good read through everything. You are signing a contract, and you need to make sure you are happy with all of the terms, and the things you are agreeing to do and not do!

You will need to sign and send back the tenancy agreement, and pay your deposit. Again, this is usually done at the estate agents, who pay it on to the landlord for you. Not paying this on time can result in you not being able to move in on the date you have agreed, and potentially, losing the house altogether.

you must use real funds to pay the deposit, not funds from a credit card

Will I need to do anything else?

You may also be subject to obtaining references to move into the property. As this is your first place, they will usually just ask for a character reference, which you can use a family member for, and a reference from your employer. This is to ensure that the information you have given them about your employment is correct, as this is massively important for paying your bills!

Getting the keys!

getting the keys to your first home is a memory you never forget

Now that you’ve got to this stage, the estate agents will arrange a date to give you the keys to the house. This is the most exciting part of moving out! You will have a final date, and all you need to do is physically move.

Make sure that you have a plan in place for moving. Do you need any help? Do you need a removal van?

Keep an eye out for my moving planner, coming soon!

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Another useful and important element of moving out is budgeting. Read this post for a guide on running a successful monthly budget – How To Make A Budget Plan That Will Stick

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Laura Jacques

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