Step 5. Viewing properties
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Once you've decided on the type of property you want to live in, the next step is to arrange some viewings. There are plenty of things to consider and look out for when viewing a property.
What to consider
1. Your safety
- if possible it is safer to view a property with a friend. You might also want to visit the area again at night to be sure you'd feel comfortable getting home alone late in the evening
- if you can't take a friend with you, at least let someone know where you are going
- check the safety of the property - look for locks and safety certificates
2. Take a checklist
- you'll probably view a lot of properties in a short space of time, take good notes about each one to help you make your decision. You can find a checklist in the area guide, or downoad our Property checklist.
- ask if you can take photos of the property - if it is still being lived in you may not be able to
- make a list of questions to ask the agent and landlord for each property you visit. Consider asking things like "do you know what the average electricity or gas bill costs?" or "what references are required?"
4. Take notes
- take notes of anything the agent or landlord says in regards to repairs or providing furniture, and get these included in the contract before you sign it