It has become challenging to find a beautiful place in London, especially if you are on a tight budget. Nowadays, you can browse many websites that are offering properties and let’s face it, not every estate agent has your best interest at heart. But, here are some simple tips that can help you find a perfect flat.
You probably know this, but good flats in London go quickly. It is a common thing for flats to appear in the morning and by night they are already taken away. In this case, you have to view and research properties quickly and place a deposit within the hours. The majority of letting agents in London do their last viewing each day at 5.30 p.m. and then finish work at 6 p.m. If you are working during those hours, then ask a friend to help you out and check out the flats on your behalf.
Don’t put your hopes on the Internet
Websites like Rightmove and Zoopla can be helpful for learning different areas in London and figuring out what type of property do you want. But, a common mistake many people make is that they register at these websites and use the site to hunt down their dream home. Also, sending a message through these site to an estate agent doesn’t necessarily mean he will remember you and send you the listings. Your request will usually end up in a pile of unopened emails. So, don’t rely on Rightmove and Zoopla, but call agents who recently marketed properties in the area you are interested in. You should ask to register with them and give them your contact information, as well as the description of the property you are looking for.
Be friendly with your estate agent
Every year we have new surveys showing that people hate estate agents. You might not be fond of your estate agent, but you need him to like you. When estate agents have a property come on the market, before putting it online, they will call the applicants who are interested. If you are that person, then you may expect a call or an email. So, here is an essential tip. If your agent thinks you are reliable, friendly or in a better position than other people, then he will call you first.
Don’t be afraid to make an offer
If you have found a perfect place, but it’s a bit expensive and goes over your budget, then don’t be scared to ask the agent whether the landlord will consider your offer. In this case, the estate agent will know right away whether this action is worth or not. So, there is no harm in asking. If you are in a good position, then you might be able to save some money.