Renting a home comes with many advantages, such as better affordability, low maintenance and no long-term commitment.  Whether you’re moving to a new home, downsizing a space, or need to rent a home temporarily, these benefits can come in handy.

If you’re a first-time renter, then there are a few key tips to consider before moving in. Here are a few of them, making sure that the process is a smooth one.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

When you’re renting a property, it’s important to ask as many questions as possible to make sure that you’re making the best decision for your needs. Ask about the cost of rent, renters insurance, permission for subletting, renewal agreements, and termination clauses.

Get everything in writing

Make sure that any agreements between yourself and the landlord are in writing. This way, both parties have a clear understanding of what is expected of them, and there is less opportunity for confusion or disagreement later on.

In particular, be sure to clarify the terms of the lease agreement – including the amount of rent, when it is due, and any special conditions that may apply.

Save up for upfront expenses

Most rental homes require a security deposit before moving in. In the UK, this tenancy deposit usually equates to four or five weeks’ worth of rent. Other expenses could be a deep clean or apartment application fee. Make sure to ask the terms for getting your deposit back!

Get help moving in

There are many steps involved in moving into a rental unit. Once you’ve determined your budget, the home of choice and finalised the agreement, then it’s time to move in. Professional services such as movers, van hire and self storage can be a huge help, reducing stress as you settle into your new space.

Make a snag list

Making a snag list is an important part of moving into a new rental home. The snag list outlines everything that’s wrong with the property, from missing lightbulbs to damage to the walls. By making the list, you can make sure that the landlord fixes everything before you move in, and you’re not left with any surprises once you’ve already settled in.

If you’re a first-time renter planning a move, then Pink Hippo Self Storage has a stress-free storage solution for you! Find out more about our personal storage solutions in Reading and Leatherhead, available in a variety of different sizes with flexible lease agreements.