Merry Christmas! I can’t believe it is actually christmas day, I am sat with my family and watching Gavin and Stacey, a present for my mum. So I thought I would write a little post for you as a christmas present. Hope you enjoy.
A New Home: Finding a new place
Once you have decided the type of place you want to live and thought about who you want to live with you need to start looking around for a place to live.
Last week I said that I you shouldn’t go looking for houses, flats, ect before Christmas and I will explain why, as I am sure you have realsied there is not much time between moving into a uni home and christmas so many landlords allowed students to live in the house for a while before deciding what they want to do the following years. This means that a large amount of them don’t go on the market until after Christmas.
Where to live.
Once you have worked out the sort of place you want to live in you need to think of where it should be. You will want your travel to be easy, a short walk is best if possible as this will save you money and make you more likely to actually go in. In some cases such as in remote on campus uni you have to use a bus, If that is the case then you want to be near a bus stop which will take you to university. Where else do you want to be near? A supermarket is good to have close especially if you don’t have a car at university. Other shops, clubs ect. Try and think of what you want to be close to and look around that area.
Unless you are going to live in halls of residence you are going to need to get a house through an estate agent. I decided that the best option was to look around the areas we wanted to move in and phone some of the estate agents that were advertising on the size of house we wanted. I was literally standing on the street calling to book an appointment with the estate agents all my friends ended up using.
What to ask for.
When talking to your estate agents to begin with it is best say how many rooms you want and not have too many other restrictions as you can decide what sort of thing you want when you are looking around. You may found something you thought was bad is actually ok and something you thought was ok is actually a deal breaker.
It’s best to see a few estate agents and see as many of their properties as possible. The more places you see the better idea you will have about what to go for, what is good for a student place, and what isn’t. After all you can’t expect somewhere like home unless your planning on paying big bucks.
What to look for.
While you are looking around the houses there are a few things that you should keep an eye out for.
- Dampness on the walls. – Damp patches can be a sign of a leak somewhere and water damage. In server situations this can lead to mold within the walls that can be bad for your health.
- things need fixing- If there are things that need fixing then the landlord may be rubbish and sorting stuff out. Try and ask the people living there how long its been broken and what the landlord is like.
- Is it warm in the house? If it is freezing cold there could be a problem with the heating.
- Try talking to the people living with them now and see what they think of the place.
I hope this has helped you, and you are enjoying christmas!
I will talk to you soon.