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Tips On Choosing Where to Rent

Though renting may be temporary, it's still important to choose the right area for you. Here are our top tips for choosing your new rental spot.

When you're looking for houses or flats to rent, the right area for you will depend on your individual circumstances and why you wish to rent. You may already have an ideal location in mind, but if not, our lettings experts can help you find a property in the right area for you. With our local knowledge and property lettings expertise, we can recommend areas that are perfect for your circumstances, requirements and priorities.

To help you think about your priorities when choosing a location, here are some of the factors to consider:

1. Does it have the five 'p's - primary school, pub, parish church, post office, public transport? For longer-term rentals, these are the basic requirements for many people. However, if you're looking for a property to let for the short-term or if you’re renting with a group of friends, some of these may be less important to you.

2. Where can you afford to rent? When you apply for a rental property, your earnings are one of the factors that will dictate whether you pass the referencing process. Why not speak with our referencing team who can explain how this works? Rental prices can vary considerably within quite small areas, so ask our agents to recommend specific locations that are within your budget.

3. What type of area are you looking for - a lively urban area with lots going on, or a quiet rural setting? Do you want to be able to walk to the shops? Are you looking for an area with lots of community activities, sports clubs and leisure amenities? How important is it to live within a certain commuting distance of work? Think about all these factors to help you choose the best locations.

4. Do you have children? If so, you'll need to look at local schools. Find out which catchment area you are in and whether schools are oversubscribed. An area with lots of other families is likely to have plenty of opportunities and facilities for children.

5. Look ahead. If you’re making a long-term move, don’t choose a place you will outgrow in a couple of years. If your requirements are more temporary, think about your top priorities and what you are prepared to compromise on in the short term.