Real Estate

Simple checks for rental wish list

MAKE sure you have a good look over any properties that you’re considering renting, says LJ Hooker.

The agency has offered this simple checklist of practical things to consider to help you determine your rental wish list.
The outside
• Is it in good condition?
• Is the property secure – have a look for deadlocks, window locks and other security features; the level of security can make a huge impact on insurance.
• Is there a garden and what maintenance is required? Does the landlord maintain it?
• Has the property been burgled?
• If you like gardening, it is worth asking if you are able to add your touch to the garden.
• Is there a garage; does it have a roller door, is it electronic or manual?
• If there is no off-street parking, do you need parking permits?
The inside
• Is it in good condition? Is it clean, are there any signs of damp, mould, or infestation?
• Does anything need to be repaired or upgraded?
• Is there enough storage for all your stuff – consider if there is enough pantry space, clothes hanging space, linen space and areas for you to store laundry items such as brooms and vacuum cleaners and external storage.
• Is the property insulated?
• Is there central heating or air-conditioning and do these work? If they are not working, find out when they will be fixed.
• Will you be able to fit your furniture and items into the property. It is worth measuring the front door and rooms to ensure your furniture will fit?
For more info, contact your nearest LJ Hooker office.