• Gabriela Valentina

HOW TO FIND YOUR DREAM RENTAL IN LONDON



If you had the opportunity to read my may post you’ll know that I spent a lot of time looking for a new place to call home and though I still didn’t know who my house mates when I first rented the place, I’m actually very happy about the location and the house itself and they turned out to be alright - thank God.

While looking, I realised for like the 7th time in my life why (and how much) I hate the whole house search and moving process. So I came up with this few points which I’d like you to keep in mind while looking for my new nest.*



GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME.

Stress is not a good look on anyone, and when you are looking for a place to stay for a long term I suggest you take your time to look for a flat share you actually like, otherwise you’ll be stuck in a room you dread going back to.


TO AGENCY OR NOT TO AGENCY?

Credits: thisismoney.co.uk

London is full of agencies and most of them don’t really have a great rep. This happens for two main reasons:

  1. They charge a fee that includes your first unborn child and a kidney

  2. They do not care about house management

Which means your safest bet are private landlords, which seam to be like black unicorns that you might be able to encounter only once in your lifetime. So if possible, no agencies.


FACEBOOK CAN BE YOUR BEST FRIEND.


credits: google search

The question that might pop to your mind might be ‘does anyone over below 35 still actively use Facebook? I do not know if actively but Facebook can be a life saver for bargain hunters and of course big city renters. Groups such as Hackney Wick spaces, London flat share etc. have multiple new daily posts, of people offering rooms, beds and full spaces.

You can also post an ad describing yourself as the perfect room mate and hope someone messaged you back, but most likely there will be comments leading you to other apps or viruses so be smart and don’t click.


SPARE ROOM.


Credits: spareroom.com

Now spare room is a great tool to find a room, that’s where I found my little place in paradise, but it can also be annoying to deal with, if you are in a rush the safest bet is to pay for premium access to all the features of the app, so I’ll stress it again, start bright and early!


START PACKING THE MOMENT YOU DECIDE TO MOVE.


Credits: movingboxesdirect.co.uk

Packing is a lengthy process that generally allows for you to also declutter and give stuff you might not need to charity or, even better, sell it.

Timing also allows for you to pack your goods properly and divide them by type -I.e.: makeup, books, documents, bathroom, kitchen, glasses etc.


ORGANISE YOUR VAN/ FRIEND WITH A CAR IN ADVANCE


Credits: anyvan.com




Don’t leave it last minute, it might be more expensive or they might not have time. My suggestion? Use anyvan.com they have very competitive pricing. But, if you have only a couple of boxes you can use Uber or public transports.










And that’s should be it. If you believe there’s something that needs to be added don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Share this post with a friend in need and remember if you want to find a home and you do have a end of lease date it’s worth taking the time, I saw rooms worthy of their own horror movies and beautiful rooms too far to reach, rooms that were too expensive for what was on offer, house shared by 100 people +1 and I can say I’m happy with my current choice.


Take care of you babe.


With love,


Gabriela Valentina


*these points are referring to rental places because I know nothing about bids and mortgages

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