Before you even begin searching for a property to rent, there are a number of things you need to consider so that you can make the right choice about your new home.
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, you need to know exactly how much you can afford to spend on rent each month, and also make sure you have enough for utility bills, council tax and furnishings because these are not always included in the rent.
Another important consideration is the location of the property to let; is it close to work, schools, shops, and public transport, such as a tube station in London. You will also have to decide whether you want to rent a property with parking or not.
It is worth writing down exactly what you want your house or flat to include, such as whether it should be fully furnished, part furnished, or non-furnished (which usually includes carpets, curtains and sometimes a cooker).
You should also decide whether you want the house to have central heating, fires, or storage heaters, as well as a shower, a bath, or both, and whether you want a garden, yard or an apartment with a balcony.
Finally, if you are thinking of house sharing with friends or a partner, you will need to agree on your priorities before you begin looking for a house or flat, so that you can limit your viewing to houses that meet everyone’s needs.