Renting your first home can sound dreadfully scary, like where do you even begin? can you afford it? It seems like such a stressful time but I am here to show you that it is possible and it can be fun.
As many of you may already know I’ve recently just moved out with my lovely boyfriend. We have just moved to East Sussex where I will be starting at the University of Brighton this year. We have been living in our first home for nearly 3 months now and I couldn’t be any happier.
Before I moved I did not realise how much hassle and stress it truly was to move house. Although I have lived alone whilst traveling this was different, this was the real deal. I have decided it would be a great idea to share my experience with you all and show you what it’s like to leave home for the first time.
Searching for and renting your first home
The first and most important thing to do is begin searching for the place you want to call home. I started this process on websites such as Zoopla and Right Move. I found that these were great to use as you could filter for your exact wants and needs. On the other hand, many other forgotten treasures include searching through facebook accommodation pages. There were many pages that included properties in and around the Brighton area so it’s definitely always worth checking. As well as this Gumtree can also be great, however, just be careful and have your wits about you.
Book in that viewing
If you’ve found a few different properties that tickle your fancy it’s always good to book in a viewing. I would definitely recommend booking in a few viewings for different properties as some can be VERY different in person. We must have spent at least 2-3 months going through and looking at different places. I tried to make sure that I had at least 5 bookings booked in for the same day. There is nothing wrong with keeping your options open especially as viewings take as little as 20 minutes and don’t cost a thing.
Think you’ve found the one?
So you’ve gone and viewed a few different properties in the area and you’ve found the one you want, what’s the next stage? The first thing to do is check with the agency what their fees are? This is something I didn’t know existed and was quite shocked at the expense it cost. This includes a cost for all sorts such as; administration costs, referencing charges, contract fees or a combination of all the above.
Once you find out this information and everything meets your requirements, you should put down that deposit immediately. The last thing you want happening is to find the house of your dreams and not have enough money for the deposit. When we knew we were moving out we made sure we had enough money saved to cover all of this. I’m so glad we were organised because it made the process so much quicker and easier for us.
Now the boring paperwork side of things are done, here comes the fun. Today is the day you finally get to move into the property and turn it into your home. Although this sounds like the most fun part, it can also be super stressful. We made sure that we had everything packed up and ready to go for the day we could collect our keys. Annoyingly, we still had to do three trips as we couldn’t fit everything into the car and of course, wasn’t organised enough to hire a van.
Once we arrived, we met with the estate agents and collected our new keys. We were advised to complete a checklist prior to moving our stuff in just to make sure we were happy. This is so you can check that everything in the building is what you expected and there aren’t any issues they hadn’t already been noted. Plus, this way you won’t get a supermassive bill from your landlord for things that were already broken, We’ve all heard those horror stories.