So you’ve done it then, you’ve successfully arrived at the part in your life where you’re looking for property to rent. Well done. But, before you run around celebrating and organising a fittingly wild housewarming, there are a few things that you should probably know.
Now, finding a flat may sound simple, but it really isn’t. Unfortunately, there are hundreds, possibly thousands of other people that are looking for a flat as well and as such, the competition is stiff. You’ll need to make sure you are well prepared to fight, prepared to get your deposit in before anybody else does so you won’t lose your dream flat. Before you start looking, there are a few things that you need to know and in an effort to help you in this, a trying time in your life, I have created this post to help you find your first flat.
1. The Budget
Now, just to make sure you’re not left completely homeless, you will need to work out two different budgets. The big budget and the little budget. The little budget is the one you should aim for and the one you should focus on. The big budget is simply there to make sure that, should you not find a flat in your price range, you’ll have something to fall back on. Also, the big budget will come in very handy when you come across your dream flat, the one that takes your breath away, the one that’s always more expensive than all the others.
2. The Area
Once you’ve worked out an appropriately sized budget, you will need to refine the areas you want to live in. You’ll need to consider a variety of different things including: proximity to work or college, proximity to shops, the safeness of the neighbourhood and your neighbours. If you’re living alone, you will need to make sure there is security and someone close by that can help you if anything bad should happen.
Even though sitting in a big flat with absolutely no furniture isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen, it does come quite close. If at all possible, try to collect all the necessary furnishings before you either start looking or move in to your new house. Considering it’s your first place, you might not have enough money to furnish it properly, but that’s fine. Things like a couch you could live without for a while. But, things like a bed or curtains are pretty essential.
Moving into your first house is probably going to be one of the most exciting times of your life but if you don’t do it properly, it could turn in to an absolute nightmare. So the most important piece of advice I can offer you is to plan accordingly. If you need help finding a flat and were wondering where to find property to rent in Pretoria, have a look at Junk Mail. We have the best flats in South Africa listed on our Property to Rent section.