Viewing a property to rent can be an exciting time – a new start, new home, new area.

Here are few tips which will help you make the most out of your viewing:

  1. Check the exterior of the property
    Make sure the outside of the property is in good condition. Look for loose roof tiles, leaking pipes and gutters and crumbling brickwork.
    If you see any problems, check if they will be repaired before anyone moves in.
  2. Inspect the inside
    Are there any signs of dampness or condensation, such as mould?
    Check that the wiring and appliances are safe and ask about gas safety as all gas appliances such as boilers, cookers and heaters should be serviced every 12 months.
  3. Parking and traffic
    Most professional tenants view properties at the weekend when traffic is often lighter and parking more of a challenge.
    Always ask what the parking arrangements are with the property and if it’s on-road parking, think about taking a drive around the area at the times you are likely to need to park.
  4. Brightness
    The sun rises in the east, swings south throughout the day and sets in the west.
    A south-facing home tends to get the sun for most of the day, especially at the front of the house and is therefore usually bright and warm.
    A north-facing home gets sun at the back of the house and can be darker and naturally cooler than a south-facing one.
    Apart from direction, higher floors tend to get more sunlight.
    If natural light is important to you, always make sure you have one of your viewings in daylight.
  5. Communal areas
    Check if there are any communal areas such as a garden, entrance hall or stairwell.
    Ask who is responsible and if there are any maintenance costs. Some properties have a service charge for the upkeep of communal areas.
  6. Focus on heating
    The biggest part of your energy bill is heating your home.
    Happy house-hunting!
    We hope you find just what you are looking for and if you’re searching for somewhere to rent in Bristol, you may be interested in some of our properties at The Letting Game

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