If you're on the market for a rental property, you'll probably find a number of homes that match your criteria. As such, you'll want to arrange a viewing, before going round to take a look firsthand.
It's easy enough to do this – simply get in touch with the landlord (for a private rental) or the agents. With agents, you'll be able to talk about your needs and they'll be able to keep you in the loop of any future properties that come onto the market.
Once you've spoken to the landlord or agent, you can arrange a suitable time to view the rental property. It's advised to visit during the day, but of course, work permitting, this might not always be possible.
Try and arrange to be shown around individually rather than with a group of other potential renters - although don't go alone, particularly after dark - and take your time. Take a friend or family member, partly for security, but also because they might notice something you miss.
Try to arrive a few minutes early, and take a good look at the outside of the house. Check, as far as you can, the condition of downpipes, drains, gutters, widows and roofs.
So, you've arranged a time to view your first rental property. However, don't just turn up and walk aimlessly round – without an idea of exactly what you need to be keeping an eye out for.
This is where our handy checklist comes in. Consider all the details below when you're viewing: