Preparing to Rent in Peterlee

Next2Move is one of the leading estate agencies in Peterlee. We operate across the region and offer a range of services, whether you are looking to let, sell or rent. When looking for houses to rent in Peterlee, follow the tips below.

If you are in the market to rent a property or move house, we can help.

Renting is a difficult endeavour for many people due to the cost of living. However, we have the best tips and tricks to ensure you get the best options.

Renting in Peterlee, what you need to Know.

Location is key

The location of your home matters, make sure when renting in Peterlee, you know where your amenities are and whether you need to be close to different stores and locations.

If you don't drive, or want to keep petrol costs low, you should make sure you are close to your place of work, and supermarkets.

Do you want to be near friends and family? Consider how far away you'd be from them and if there's an alternative property close by.

Location may not be the most important thing on your mind but it should be considered carefully as it will impact your day-to-day life.

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Get references ASAP

With houses going on and off-market constantly, you don't want to miss the opportunity to renta home that you love

References from your landlord may take a couple of weeks for particularly busy landlords. Getting on top of it and having a reference from your landlord early can speed up the renting process massively.

Additionally, ask your employer for a reference early too, these are things that estate agents will ask for so having them ready will make the process much quicker.

Make sure you can afford the rent

There are rental calculators out there that can help you estimate your bills so that you know how much you will be paying.

Make sure you aren't going to struggle with the overall cost of your bills before renting as it can be difficult to handle the problem after you've begun renting.

Furnished and Unfurnished Properties

Some of the properties you look at maybe furnished, or unfurnished. If you don’t have any furniture, itis probably a good idea to invest in a furnished property as it will come fully equipped with everything you need rather than having to spend more money on furniture.

On the other hand, if you have a lot of furniture from your ald home, you may want to go with an unfurnished property as it willbe cheaper, and you can use your current furniture.

If you do decide to move into a furnished property, make sure that you ask what exactly is included so you know what you may need.

Inspect the property

Make sure that when you go to view a property, you test the following things:

  • Water Pressure
  • Windows
  • Backdoors/Gates
  • Look for damaged items (Make sure it is recorded on the inventory)
  • Damp/Mould
  • Plumbing
  • Electricals (Make sure appliances function)
  • Internet Signal (Mobile Data)
  • Exterior Damage (Damage to roof)
  • Look for energy efficiency (Combi boiler etc)

You need to know that you're going to be comfortable living on this property for a long time. With that in mind check for any issues that could arise in the future.

If the appliances in the house have low energy efficiency, you could end up spending a lot of money on your electrical bills each month.

Remember, it’s not just the rent you'll be paying but the electricity and water as well.

Renting through a private landlord or an estate agency

You may be thinking about renting through a private landlord to avoid estate agency fees.

This sounds like a good idea but there are some things to keep in mind.

Some landlords may be unprofessional or new to the scene and may struggle to understand what they need to do and may not understand their responsibilities.

A private landlord isn't regulated, they must adhere to checks such as electrical checks and carbon monoxide detectors but some landlords may not be aware of this and could put you in danger.

If your landlord isn't available and something happens, there is no company to support you to get things fixed. You would have to wait until the landlord gets back to you.

This is why most people would advise using an estate agent to make sure you are protected and can get in touch when needed.

Additional Support

If you are looking to rent a property in Peterlee or close by, we can offer support and guidance. Get in touch with us today for more information.