To ensure that you make the most out of your property viewing experience, we have compiled a practical checklist for you to follow.
Consider whether the rooms are spacious enough to accommodate your furniture. Before the viewing, it's a good idea to measure your furniture and bring a tape measure along with you. This will help you assess whether your larger items will fit comfortably in each room. Additionally, be mindful of your budget and avoid stretching it for unnecessary extra space.
Don't forget to take into account the storage space available in the room and throughout the house. If there is no built-in storage in the bedrooms, evaluate the size and shape of the wardrobes and drawers to ensure they meet your storage needs.
Inspect the walls for any cracks, paying close attention to recently painted areas that may be hiding previous damage. Check the carpets and floorboards for any stains, as they might be removable before you move in.
Test any appliances that will be remaining in the property to confirm that they are in working order.
Be vigilant for signs of damp in every room, including storage areas, as this can have implications for your living environment.
Assess the condition of the window and door frames, as well as the glazing. The type of glazing can affect your energy bills, so it's worth considering. Make sure the windows and doors open and close smoothly, and check that all locks are functioning properly. The property's Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) can provide insights into its energy efficiency.
Test all the taps, including the shower and bath, and observe the water pressure. Turning on a hot tap will allow you to assess how quickly hot water is delivered. Flush the toilets to ensure they are in proper working condition.
Lights and power sockets
Test all the lights in the property and check the functionality of the power sockets. A convenient way to do this is by bringing a phone charger and testing one of the sockets.
Whether you're looking at properties in Jesmond, Heaton, or elsewhere, it's a must to check out the local area! Thankfully, all of the locations where we offer student properties have great bus and metro links to the centre of Newcastle and further afield, so there's no need to feel stuck in one place.
Moreover, the cosmopolitan buzz of Newcastle has welcomed a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants all over, meaning that you'll never be stuck with nothing to do! Our top picks include a trip down Northumberland Street and into Eldon Square, for some retail therapy, followed by a browse through Grainger Market to sample a range of delicious treats.
If you have any questions, or would like to find out about renting with us, please call us on 0191 243 1000 or visit our Percy Street office.