It’s been 6 months since I left my family home and moved in with my boyfriend in our first rented apartment together. Our moving out process was so fast and we moved out a lot sooner than what we originally anticipated, a whole 6 months earlier to be exact. Moving out is one of the biggest and best things I’ve ever done. I can’t explain how happy I am being surrounded by my favourite things and having space to grow that is completely my own. However, with all of that excitement and happiness, comes a lot of responsibility and stress, especially during the start of the process from finding the perfect home to sorting all the required documentation and then actually moving your entire life into a new space, it can be really overwhelming, especially as a first time renter like myself. I’ve teamed up with HomeLet.co.uk to help make your renting experience more of a walk in the park. So, I thought I’d share 5 tips for renting your first home and hopefully it will make the ordeal just a little bit more stress free, as God knows I could have done with it!
Do Your Research
When it comes to flying the nest, you need to make sure that you can afford it financially, there’s so many bills I didn’t think about before moving and it was all a bit of a slap to the face in all honesty. Research into what area is best for you, do you want somewhere close to work, somewhere good for raising a family or are you going to rent an apartment or a house? These are the things you should ideally discuss with your partner or your friend before you even begin looking. you want to make sure that when you’re looking, you’re not looking in the wrong places, as there’s nothing worse than finding your dream home and realising its out of your budget and not in the area you want it to be in.
Don’t Just Settle
When it comes to renting, you’ve got to remember that you can’t knock down walls and renovate it like you can with a space that you own. You need to make sure that the place you’re looking into renting ticks a good handful of boxes, I mean, It’s unlikely you’re ever going to be 100% happy with everything, there’s bound to be things you want to change, but in rented accommodation, that’s not something you can really do. Don’t just settle for the first apartment that comes up, I mean, unless your completely in love with the first one you look at, go for it! That’s what we did after all, but just keep in mind that there’s plenty more fish in the sea if you look hard enough.
Save, save, save!
One thing that I didn’t do before moving out – Mostly because we found the perfect place WAY before we’d even imagined moving out – was saving. We did plan on saving a bunch of money so when we moved out we had plenty of rainy day money and money to have a life whilst we paid our rent and our bills. However, that just didn’t happen. If I could go back in time, its probably the one thing I would change, but like I said, we found the perfect apartment and we didn’t want to miss out on it being our first home together, plus, when does life actually go to plan?
Get To Know Your Landlords
You want to make sure you have a good relationship with your landlords or the Estate Agents. They’re the people who you’re going to be dealing with a lot, especially when something in the apartment/home breaks and needs replacing. You want to make sure they know that you’re a good person, that way they will be more willing to sort things out for you if need be.
Make It Your Own
Obviously, with a rented home, there’s only so much you can do to it. We got quite lucky with our landlords as they have allowed us to paint the apartment and the apartment originally came furnished, however, they where kind enough to offer it to us without the furniture as it really wasn’t our style. Make sure you ask all these questions before you move in too, as it’s the landlords decision whether they allow you to change those things. But if you’re not permitted to paint or remove furniture, just keep in mind that there’s nothing a good scatter cushion and a snazzy rug can’t fix – Trust me!
If you’re looking to move into your first rented home, then I wish you all the luck in the world, it’s honestly so exciting to make a rented space feel like a home. If you have any tips that you’ve discovered yourself then please share them with me and use the hashtag #MyFirstRentalHome. You all know that I’m a lover of interior style, so I’d love for you to share any photos with me too, simply so I can be a nosey Nora!