Finding the right property for renting whether it be an 3 bedroom house, 2 bedroom flat or even a house boat on the canal can be so difficult to find. Finding what you love let alone what you want and need for a decent price is frustrating, then throw kids into the mix and it’s a whole new ballgame.
There is so much to consider when you have children in tow, for instance:
– Number of bedrooms/bathrooms
– Off road parking
– Fences for the garden
– Stairs in-house
– Lift in the apartment building
– Decent Schools & Nurseries nearby
And that’s to name only a few, the list can go on and on.
My tips following will have some of the main ideas on what you’ll need to think of when focusing on choosing the right property for you and your family. Make sure you have thinking cap on when reading these tips and jot down some idea.
Location, Location, Location
Location is on the top of my list when it comes to renting. Local aamenities are what everyone looks for Hospitals, Supermarkets, Corner shops, Gyms etc but they are not always that important if you have a car to get around. Even if you don’t have a car, public transport is the main point of call high up on my list. All you’ll have to do is be close to a great travel system, for instance the local bus route or train/tube which easily links to other transportation to help you get around. Fun place are always a plus when having your tribe with you like the local parks, schools, Soft Play & libraries.
Risks & Safety
This is a MUST – Is the area safe to actually live in? What’s the crime rate like? Can your kids walk to and from school safely? Can you leave your house at night? That last one sounds silly enough but these are all big things to think about especially with having kids living with you. The best way to find out these points I’ve mentioned is to check the council website for their statistics. Or better still get talking to the people in the neighborhood where the house you’ve seen is a potential match to your needs and get to asking questions – If you don’t ask you wont know & you’ll be surprised how honest people can be, which will be a massive help and potentially save on a lot of heartache.
With risks and safety comes your rights and protecting what belongs to you. When entering into any type of agreement you must know your rights and what you’re getting yourself into. Some tenancy contracts do not cover certain aspects of your home so it’s always best to sort after your own tenants insurance like HomeLet tenants content insurance not a lot of people who rent actually know about it but you could be covered for your contents, accidental damage, mobile phones & even transferring between properties if you move. Totally worth looking into.
Some landlord will kit out your whole house for you (if that’s what you like) and quite frankly others wont. Make a list of any furniture and appliances if any, will already be in the house and then figure out what you ‘need’ and what you ‘want’. Get what you need first then take it from there with the wants. It makes moving around stuff a lot easier.
Sidenote: Storage spaces are always awesome to look into when renting.
Once you have the basics sorted sit down with a nice cup of tea or coffee and think things through properly. Start by writing your pros and cons down in a little planner maybe even discuss it with your partner or even friends and family member and take it from there.
I hope these tips were helpful, if you have any tips for renting with a young family then please do share in the comments below.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x