I’ve had quite a few emails recently from girls who are in the process of moving to London. The most important part of that process is obviously finding a flat or a house. One of my best friends recently moved to Oakland, CA (check out https://www.fourthstreeteast.com/) and we’ve been sharing our apartment hunting tips. She’s already moved and settled in but I’m still going through the legal processes with my landlord. It’s stressful stuff!
Having moved several times within London, here are my tips….
(1) Don’t stay with just one sales or letting agent. The best thing to do is have several different agents working for you at the same time, and to stay on top of them! If there is something that you want to see, ask them. Don’t wait for one agent to get back to you, it will take a lot longer. (I would also say to avoid Foxtons agents, who are terrible! Just my opinion.)
(2) Be in charge of your own flat hunt. There are great websites now that consolidate all of the different letting agents so that it makes your search easier. My go-to ones have been: Find a Property, Right Move (which also has a great iphone app), and Prime Location. The best thing to do is start with the post code that you want to live in.
(3) You can bargain! Even on rental properties. I know that some of us are not used to being able to ask for a lower price on rents, but it is possible. Never just offer the asking price, you can usually get at least Â£50 or Â£100 off the pounds per week price.