What to ask and check when viewing a property for students

What to look for and ask when viewing a student property

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Viewing your first property can be a bit daunting - here's some top tips on what to look out for.

We've put together this ultimate guide for students on what to ask, what to check for and what to consider on viewing.

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What to ask when viewing a property

Parking

If you have a car, ask about parking. Is there any? If so, where? If there is on street parking, is a permit required? How much is it? Can students get one?

Transport links

Consider public transport links, ask about the nearest bus stop/train station and how best to get there.

Appliances

Ask what white goods and other appliances are included. Check they're in good order and ask who is responsible for repairs.

What's included and what's not

From bills to furniture, quiz the landlord on just what your rent pays for and what you'll have to pay.

Fees

Clarify the exact amount of rent payable each month, as well as any other fees such as the deposit, inventory and agency fees.

Council tax band

If you're a full time student then you'll be council tax exempt so this doesn't matter, however part time students will have to pay so check out much it costs.

What's allowed and what's not

From painting to pets, visitors to parties, ask what you're allowed and not allowed (it should all be in the contract). Question the landlord on how open they are with the rules.

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TV License

The house will no doubt require one but see if your landlord has been kind enough to have already paid for it.

Internet connectivity

Is the house set up for broadbrand/cable/fibre optic? What speeds can you expect? Will you need to pay for installation?

What to check when viewing a property

Have a good look around

Look everywhere. Inspect draws, cupboards, behind doors and curtains, under the oven and so on. Check the condition and state of sinks and baths.

Check things work

Such as the appliances, shower, hot water and taps.

Mobile reception

If you don't plan on having a landline, take your phone so you can see how good (or not) mobile and 3G/4G reception is inside.

Security

Are the doors secure? What sort of locks are fitted? Is there an alarm? An insecure house will make you more prone to theft and see higher contents insurance costs.

Heating & Power

Is the heating gas, electric, oil? Are then plenty of radiators? What about the amount of plug sockets?

Energy performance certificate

The boring document will grade the house's energy efficiency on a scale from A to G (A being the best, obvs). The lower the rating the higher you can expect bills to be.

Your landlord

Before signing anything, do a little research into your landlord or letting agent, look online for reviews and comments. Don't get too hung up on a single bad report but if no one has anything good to say there is probably a reason for it.

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