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House Hunting Guide

House Hunting Tips Moving out of Halls and/or looking for your new home is an exciting time but one that needs careful consideration and planning. It is important not to rush in to anything that you later regret, after all it is a major financial commitment and you will have to literally “live with” your decision for a long time. • Determine your budget. Be realistic and don’t under estimate what you’ll need to live on • Consider very carefully who you want to live with and therefore what house size you need. This is often a lot more difficult than it might seem and remember you’ll be with each other for a long time. Is everyone good friends? Are some people couples? Who is tidy who is not? Who likes to party, who likes a quieter life? Can you rely on each of them to pay their share of the bills? Can you all afford the same standard of house? etc. • Decide who is going to be your spokesperson or ‘lead tenant’. Ideally this should be someone who is a good communicator and who is easily contactable by the landlord/Agent • Write down what your priorities are in a house: size, preferred location, cost, broadband included, room sizes, garden, garage etc. • There is no need to panic! There are plenty of student houses available in York both with Sinclair Properties and with other landlords and Agents. You also have plenty of time to view several properties before making an informed decision so please don’t rush into it • Do your research! Use the internet; it can be a great source of information with photographs, floor plans and other useful information about the house. Consider recommendations from your University Accommodation Office and fellow students • Register your interest only with reputable Letting Agents and landlords • Prepare lots of questions beforehand and write them down. You can add them to the useful Checklist included within this leaflet • DO NOT sign or pay anything immediately after a viewing. Some landlords/Agents apply undue pressure for you to do this • Take time after your viewing to re-appraise whether the house meets all of your needs • Contact the landlord or Agent again to clarify anything that is not clear • Do not feel pressured by anyone into taking a property before you have had adequate time to consider and discuss all the pro’s and con’s with your housemates • Ensure that you fully understand not only what the rental figure is, but also when and how it is to be paid • Ensure you are aware of any other costs that may be payable to the landlord/Agent before deciding • Finally, read the Tenancy Agreement before signing it. If you are unsure of anything contained within it, have it checked by your University Welfare Officer or a Solicitor before signing When you have arranged a viewing appointment: Ǚ Take your questions, Checklist and a pen with you! Ǚ Turn up on time or slightly early Ǚ Ensure that all of your housemates turn up for the viewing, as you may not get a second chance. It is a huge commitment and you should not rely on what others say before parting with several thousand pounds in rent. The landlord/Agent will also wish to meet all of your group before offering you the house Ǚ Take a camera with you but please obtain the permission of the person showing you the house (and/or the existing tenants) before taking any internal photos Ǚ Ask lots of questions and write down the answers given along with the name of the person who gave them to you. Be suspicious of evasive replies or a reluctance to answer Ǚ If the existing tenants are present, ask them questions too. How have they found the house? Does everything work? What do they think of their landlord/Agent? What are the bills like? Have they enjoyed their time there? Ǚ Fill in the Checklist as you walk round and ask questions! It is amazing how you can easily forget something about a particular house when you are viewing several. Good luck with your house hunting! View our fantastic properties here www.sinclair-properties.com


House Hunting Guide
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