Renting for the first time in London, or just moving to a new rental? Moving out of the family home or student accommodation into your own home, or to share with others? Maybe you are moving from a shared household to your own place. Or are you moving to a new area, a different type of property, perhaps a different price range, or even moving in with the love of your life?
Below are links to all our wonderful pages which guide you through every part of the renting process. We suggest you enjoy each page in order, even if you have rented before. Of course feel free to skip to the page that grabs your attention if you can’t wait! Should you have any questions, suggestions or advice you would like to give others, email us at: Info@LondonAndProperty.com
First things first…
Look at our budgeting guide here to get an idea of overall costs if you are not already renting, or are moving from renting a room to renting on your own. Renting of course means you get no return on the money you spend – unlike a mortgage. So if you can spend less and use the extra to build up more savings for yourself, do so. You don’t necessarily have to put that towards buying your own place one day, you could well use it for investments elsewhere.
Our comprehensive area guides will help you decide where to live. Remember you can always move after a year (sometimes earlier) when renting, so if you want to take a chance on an area, it’s much less risk than buying. A common tactic is to rent in an area where you wish to buy – this way you really get to know the area before you buy and can focus your search better. You’ll always find it easier to home hunt if you are already living in the neighbourhood. Of course you could take the fun option and rent in area you wouldn’t want to buy in. Fancy the sleepy suburbia of Barnet when you buy? How about living it up in Camden or Shad Thames for a year or two while you rent? Take chances with renting, never with buying!
London’s Best Rental guide…
1. First Time Renters – should I rent my own place?
2. Shared Renting – friends, family, colleagues or strangers. Plus guide to renting a Room.
3. Long Let or Short Let? – decide which is best for you
4. Furnished or Unfurnished – benefits and disadvantages
5. Rental Property Search – tips to get your search underway
6. Renting Tricks & Scams – ensure you are renting a genuine property – how to spot the fakes!
7. Personal Rental checklist – what you need to have in place before you rent
8. Internet Rental Search – guide to portals, agent sites and private listings
9. Lettings Agents – how to get the best out them
10. Rental Property Finders – could you use the help of a professional?
11. Renting Timeline – when should you begin looking?
12. Viewing rental properties – how to get the best out of a viewing
13. Rental Viewing Checklist – so much to check, here’s everything to remember
14. Rental Property Checks – be safe and secure, peace of mind is inside this guide
15. Negotiate Your Rent – get the best price and deal for you and only you!
16. Reference, Credit Checks – who will check up on you?
17. Tenancy Agreement – exactly what should it contain?
18. Rent, Deposit, Fees – what you will have to pay upfront
19. Inventory Check – tips to cover yourself and protect your deposit
20. How to Move Home – all you need to organise before you move
21. Home Moving / Removal Companies – full on service, ‘man-with-van’ or move yourself
22. Organise Home Move – key things to remember
23. Packing Products – a few items to have handy before you begin
24. Change of Address tips – tell the world you are moving! Remember everyone by reading this list
25. Moving in Check List – what to check on the first day