Lately, it seems everyone is moving. I seem to be updating my contact details on an almost weekly basis as my friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances move homes or business premises.
In the UK, six million people move every year, so the chances are that a lot of you are currently looking for a new home. So, I know that many of you will find the information below helpful.
A good agent is essential
In many parts of the UK, the supply of good quality property is limited. The moment something good becomes available it is snapped up, which means that you have to move fast to stand a chance of renting a nice home.
In this situation, the best way to find what you need is to make a connection with someone who is on the inside track. In most UK cities, that means finding yourself a good agent.
The best Leeds letting agencies are the ones that property owners turn to first when they want to rent out their properties. If you are on the right rental agency’s books, you will be notified quickly when new homes become available. This means that you stand a far better chance of finding and securing your dream property.
Set aside blocks of time to look at properties
Try to set aside at least one morning or afternoon a week to go out and look at properties. It is a good way to get a feel for what is available, and it is the most efficient way to find a new home.
Popping out at lunchtime to view one flat, every now and again, rarely makes sense. With this approach, you usually end up wasting a lot of time travelling backwards and forwards. Whereas, if you go out with an agent for a morning or afternoon, you can look at several properties, which means that you will make far better use of your time.
Be open-minded and take the time to view properties even if they do not fit your exact criteria. Taking a more flexible approach makes it far more likely that you will find something that works for you.
Looking at houses that are just outside the area you would ideally like to live in is also a good idea. Often you will find exactly what you want, but not have to pay such a high rent or rates. If you do it right, you can find yourself living in an up and coming area.
Look out for new properties
Being aware of developments that are going on in the area that you are interested in moving to is always a good idea. If you know that, there are new flats or homes that are close to completion in an area, ask your agent to put you on the waiting list. Doing so will increase your chance of being able to rent or buy one of them.
By following these few simple tips, you will considerably improve your chances of finding your dream property.