8 Tips for Finding the Ideal 1 Bedroom Flat
By David Raymond Southall Google+
Are you searching for the ideal 1 bedroom flat?
When hunting for the next place you’ll call home, you want to make the right decision.
Ideally, your home should feel like your private sanctuary. After all, you will likely be spending a good chunk of your time there.
Renting the perfect flat can be challenging. There’s a lot to consider, and a mistake could lead to months of unhappiness.
But, moving to a new place is also filled with opportunity. There’s the allure of a new start, a new community and the potential for exciting new experiences.
So, how can you find a 1 bedroom flat that you will love coming home to, day after day, and month after month?
Tips for Finding a 1 Bedroom Flat You’ll Love
Not all flats are created equal, as you will learn soon after beginning your search. And, what’s right for one renter, might be completely wrong for another.
Sometimes, the process of finding a new place can be so daunting, you may feel pressure to settle for less out of pure frustration.
But, it helps if you know what to look for before you start.
1. Location, Location, Location
Before you even step foot in the front door of a prospective place to live, you should consider its location.
Is the neighbourhood somewhere that you will feel safe? Does the community accommodate your needs?
Features that may be important include:
- A pet-friendly community
- Parks, walking trails, and green space
- Neighborhood upkeep
- Convenient to shopping, dining, and recreational activities
- Proximity to your university or work
- Area crime statistics and safety ranking
Be careful about choosing a flat in a less-than-desirable neighbourhood. No matter how much you love the place itself, if you are not happy with the location, chances are you will not enjoy living there for long.
2. Space Considerations
When you are renting a 1 bedroom flat, space can be a concern.
Of course, you want to be sure that there is ample living space. But sometimes, good things come in small packages.
Some people prefer a generous amount of storage space over living space.
Also, there are lots of creative do-it-yourself storage solutions and design ideas that can help you to make the most of smaller spaces.
When viewing flats that are in rent-ready condition, it’s easy to dismiss the idea that things won’t stay in this pristine condition forever.
There will inevitably be spills and accidents. You may or may not have a pet to consider.
White carpet can be a real pain if you have a tendency for clumsiness, entertaining guests, or eating throughout your home. And, while you may love your four-legged family member dearly, Fido may do better if your flat has mostly tile or linoleum flooring.
Think about how the interior will hold up to daily wear and tear. And ask the owner what their policy is regarding carpets, paint and other details.
Unfortunately, the price must be a consideration.
When looking for a new place, budget the cost of rent for your prospective 1 bedroom flat, along with utility costs, and other bills that you pay regularly.
Generally speaking, if the cost of your 1 bedroom flat is more than one-third of your income, it may create a financial hardship. Try to find one that is no more than one-third of your total monthly income.
If you can’t afford a flat that seems like a perfect fit, you might consider sharing the cost with a roommate.
Although some people warn against the risks of a roommate, others live with roommates happily for years.
Only you know if you would be content living with someone in close quarters. And let’s face it, sometimes we simply don’t know what it’s like to live with someone until we do it.
Depending on your personal preferences, certain amenities, or lack thereof, would be a deal-breaker. While other tenants may care less about a dishwasher or central heat and air.
You might want to write down a list of those amenities that are most important to you, and ask the landlord about their availability.
Many tenants don’t consider this oft-forgotten quality until it’s too late.
But, every tenant should know the insulation level before they move in. If your 1 bedroom flat lacks sufficient insulation, you will soon learn why it should be considered.
If your walls lack sound insulation, you will hear every peep from your neighbour. And this can become a bothersome annoyance quickly.
7. Landlord Compatibility
Most landlords view their properties as an investment and will expect a certain level of business professionalism from their tenants.
Still, there are landlords that might be extraordinarily difficult to deal with. If you sense that you lack compatibility with the owner, that’s a good indication that you need to keep looking.
8. Terms and Conditions
It cannot be stressed enough that every tenant should read the fine print of any agreement before they sign. You need to make sure that you can live with the terms and conditions of your lease. And you don’t want to be surprised down the road by something that you missed during the signing process.
It never hurts to have another pair of eyes to scan over your agreement if you have a close friend or family that you trust.
If something is unclear in the agreement, make sure to ask your landlord for clarity before you sign.
Once you sign an agreement, then you are potentially legally liable for its terms even if you decide to back out.
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