8 Important Things to Look for When Viewing a Student House

What to Look for When Viewing a Student House

Many students fall into costly traps when renting an apartment in the University areas. Avoid nasty surprises before you sign with our tips and printable viewing checklist!

What to Look for When Viewing a Student House

In our experience, we have list out 8 Important things to look out for when viewing or considering a student house:

1. The location of the property

We all know how important location matters most espy when choosing where to live as a newbie in the University. The less time it takes you to roll out of bed and get to your lectures, the better, right?.

If a house near the University is a little too pricey, it’s important to figure out how close properties are to decent transport links.

On your journey to the viewing and comparing of property, keep an eye out for local amenities like newsagents, supermarkets, doctors and, of course, pubs.

2. Security and Safety

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Crime rates in student areas tend to be high. Opportunists know that young people coming home drunk at night are more likely to leave windows and doors open, or forget that their keys are still in the front door.

Security is something that every student should take seriously when viewing a property. Ask if there’s a burglar alarm system and also check that the doors are adequately secured particularly the main door to the building.

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3. Damps

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Don’t be fooled into thinking damp just looks a bit gross, it also smells gross. When viewing a house, check all walls and ceilings especially around windows, corners and behind wardrobes. Look out for flaking paint or wallpaper, black mould patches and a musky smell, as these are all tell-tale signs, too.

4. Pest and Insecticide Problems

To be fair, this is often due to previous tenants leaving food and overflowing bins lying around. But even so, you shouldn’t be paying for previous tenants’ squalor.

Don’t be afraid to check kitchen cupboards, work surfaces and around bins. Look for traps, droppings and slug trails.

5. Check the Water Supply

When viewing, give the taps a quick turn to make sure there’s more than a dribble.

You might also want to check the toilet flush to make sure it’s working as it should.

At the same time, look out for damp patches or possible leaks. Water damage is seriously costly and can be dangerous – these guys learned the hard way!

6. Furnishings and Fittings

It’s also worth noting that some estate agents recommend that landlords letting to students should provide each tenant with a suitable desk and chair.

If possible, you should also check mattresses for broken springs as these can become dangerous and uncomfortable over time.

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8. Talk to the Current Tenants

You can gain a decent insight by asking one simple question: “So, what are the best and worst things about this house?”.

If the landlord’s not over your shoulder, they might make you aware of anything the landlord has missed out or is trying to cover up. If they seem pretty happy, then that’s the best testimony you can get.

How to make an offer on a house

After you have gone to view and compared some housing and you have score them based on the Save the Student viewing checklist, there should hopefully be one that stands out of all.

If you’re keen to go ahead, these are the next steps to follow:

1. Make your offer quickly

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Before you call the agent or landlord, it’s very important for you to make sure everyone agrees on the house first. If there are disagreements, the only option is for you to agree to go your separate ways or to keep looking for the perfect one based on your budget.

Once you’re happy with your decision, it’s time to get things moving before someone else makes a successful offer.

2. Sort out your finances

Once you havee made it clear that you want to rent the apartment, there are still a lot of things consider when it comes to finances.

Make sure you go over everything in detail with your agent or landlord before you move in, with specifics in writing.

Things to check

  • How much your monthly rent will be
  • If you can afford the rent (use the rent calculator)
  • Who pays which bills
  • How much you are to deposit
  • Where your deposit is protected
  • Any extra fees.

3. Confirm your move-in date

The best is to talk to your landlord to know when you are to move in to your new apartment. if you need the house over the summer to make sure you won’t be left in a tricky situation.

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