Over the last month, we have seen many new rental properties come onto the market, which is a heartening sight especially under the circumstances that we are all currently living through. Despite this surge, there is also a huge demand from tenants and this is resulting in properties being snapped up within the first few days of being marketed.
From a tenant's perspective, there is no sure-fire, magic formula to ensure that you get the property that you have your heart set on, however, there are a few tactics that you can employ to give yourself the best chance of securing that dream home!
Get yourself pre-registered with agents who cover the area you want to live in:
Take a look through Rightmove, have a search on Google or check out social media to see who your local agents are. Don't discount online agencies as nowadays, there is not so much need for agencies to have a traditional high street presence. Give them a call and ask them to add your details to their tenant register. This way, you are more likely to get a call about a perfect property that fits your needs before it has even come onto the open market.
Have all the information ready (ID, proof of address, pay slips etc.):
The more organised you are early on, the easier it is to secure a property quickly. It's also worthwhile giving your referees a heads up so that they are not taken by surprise when they are contacted.
Set up an alert on Rightmove:
On platforms such as Rightmove, it is easy to set up an alert for properties in the area in which you are looking. When a new property becomes available, you will get a notification straight away.
Get in touch!
When you spot a property that you like the look of, email the agent either through their website or via the property portal. Although it's never a good idea to be too pushy, following up your email with a phone call a few days later is no bad thing. Agents can get very busy and you may just alert them to your presence at exactly the right time!
Don't pass up the opportunity for an early viewing:
We all lead busy lives and understandably need to fit property viewings around jobs and other commitments. However, the rental market is pretty fast-flowing and if you pass up the opportunity to view the property early, you may miss it and other tenants might swoop in and take it before you have had a chance.
Have your questions ready before you view:
Of course you are able to contact the agent at any time during the whole process of finding your perfect home but if you can use the viewing to the best of your advantage and ask all of the pertinent questions there and then, it allows you to make your choice more quickly and with certainty.
Make good use of video walkthroughs if available to narrow down your choices:
With time being at a bit of a premium, you don't want to be trawling around a myriad of properties that might not be right for you. There are agents, like us, who use video walkthroughs as a standard service for all of their properties. A good walkthrough gives you a great insight into what the property really looks like and how the rooms flow into one another. This extra tool will help you to narrow down your choices and dedicate your precious time towards viewing the properties that are real contenders!
Obviously, it goes without saying that there is often a bit of good luck and timing with finding the right property, but we hope that by following these tips, you will put yourself in the best possible position to secure your dream home.
If you're looking for a home in either Dorset or Somerset, please get in touch with us and we'll add you to our register!
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