So you have finally seen a flat that you want and can see yourself living in it for a while. This has come about through a long process of searches, viewings, and meetings between you and the estate agent. But before you make an offer on the flat you like, there are some questions that you should not fail to ask. Doing so will ensure that you get the best possible deal and will not be stuck with a flat that is filled with problems.
Here, then, is a list of a few important questions to ask before making an offer. And even if you do not get an honest answer, you can at least have a good idea of what renting the flat really entails.
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- Can you show me the gas and electrical installation reports or checks?
Any good estate agent would let you see a report on the flat’s electrical and gas installation, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. If you do not want to end up with a lemon, you should make it a point to ask the agent for a report on the flat’s energy-efficiency rating so you will have a better idea of what is in store when it comes to your utility bills and expenses.
- Have there been any disputes between neighbours in the past?
Another important question you should not neglect to ask is whether or not there have been any disputes among neighbours in the past (or disputes that are still ongoing). Their answer to this can give you a good perspective on relations between neighbours, especially if you are renting a flat in a building. You will be able to determine if you can live in peace or would be privy to nasty altercations in the near future.
In the same vein, you should also ask who lives in the flat next door, upstairs, or downstairs. Having a good idea of who your future neighbours will be will help you prepare when you move in.
- Why did the past tenant move?
You should also find out why the last tenant moved in the first place. Even if it is as simple a reason as the former tenant wanted a bigger flat or found a job in another location, the answer to this will help you determine if the reason for the move was a disagreement with the landlord or something worse. If the estate agent is honest, they will give you the right information and just wait and see what you make of it.
- Have there been any renovations done?
Even if the flat looks as good as new – new paint or new wallpaper and the like – you should still make sure to ask if there have been any renovations done. It can be as small as a repaint or as large as a new bathroom suite, but at least you can rest easy knowing that you do not have to worry about fixtures, repainting, and the like once you move in.
- Are there enough parking spaces?
If you have a car, you would surely benefit from asking if there are enough parking spaces in and around the residence. More importantly, you should ask whether you will have a parking space allotted to you. If not, it is important to consider the availability of parking spaces within the vicinity – parking spaces which are safe and secure as well.
Regardless of whether you are seeking flats to rent in Romford or flats in Billericay, it is important to ask the above-mentioned questions so you can be assured of a good deal in the end.