Our TOP house hunting tips
Looking for a new place to live with your uni mates can be exciting BUT there are a few things you need to know before you sign the dotted line...
Don't worry though, we're here to help you out!
1. Make sure you're sure
You need to think about what YOU want, not anyone else. Consider carefully who you want to live with - your best mate might be great on a night out but if they're pretty untidy, they won't be great to live with. Think about who you can tolerate for long periods of time, you don't want to be forced to shut yourself in your room because someone is grating on you! Setting house rules may sound petty but they help in the long run.
2. Make a list
Make a list of things of the essentials you'd NEED and after that, make another list of the things you would LIKE to have like an en-suite bathroom and living area. Have a proper think about everything including location, car parking, rooms sizes, central heating etc. There's nothing worse than moving and realising there are lots of things you wish you had!
3. Take your time
There is no rush. You'll have to live there for at least a year, so don't rush into it and make the wrong decision.
4. Have a second, third (or fourth) viewing
Having another viewing is always a good idea mainly because looking at it again will make you see things you didn't see the first time around. You can then actually imagine yourself living there and decide which room each of you want to have - decreasing the stress on move-in day! Plus, it's a great opportunity to speak to the current tenants and ask them about anything you need to know.
5. Hold your horses!
You may have noticed that some houses have already become available and your friends may have started looking but you can do this after Christmas too. Estate agents will release more houses in the new year, and of course you can always stay with us at FRESH if you want to avoid the hassle!
6. Check the contract
It may be long and boring to read but it's important that you check it thoroughly before signing it. Your contract will give you information about what you can and can't do, so read it and go back with questions if you're not happy or unsure of anything. There is usually someone at your university who will help you check over your contract if you are unsure what to look out for.
You can always book with FRESH for next year - we'd be more than happy to have you! With the convenience of choosing your own room, flat, and having all your bills included, free Wi-Fi, social events, someone to sign for your parcels, CCTV, 24-hour security and much more, it can be a lot easier. We've also got some great early bird booking offers if you want to get everything sorted now! For more information, head to our website.
Happy house hunting!
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