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Our tips and advice on how to find your dream home in Brighton and Hove

Finding your dream home can feel like such a daunting task, especially when you want it to be perfect.

At Young Lee, we love to help people find their dream home to rent in Brighton and Hove. We are always happy to help discuss our current listings, but also create a profile for you, so when a new property comes up, we will know straight away if it could be the dream home for you.

We’ve put together a list of ways to find your dream home to rent in Brighton and Hove which we hope you will find useful.

  1. Use the right property finding sites

There are plenty of letting sites out there, so we recommend you sign up to as many as you can handle to ensure you get the best choice of properties when searching for your dream home to rent in Brighton and Hove. Some of the sites we recommend are Rightmove and OntheMarket.com.

2. Chat to us

Some homes appear as let before they even hit the selling sites. At Young Lee we advertise properties available to let in Brighton and Hove on www.young-lee.co.uk and on our social media channels, but we are also happy to discuss your dream home, do the legwork and get in touch as soon as we have something that is perfect for you.

3. Check out the neighbourhood

No matter how perfect the home, the area is key. You want to make sure you will feel safe, secure and happy in your home. We recommend doing a drive by at night, head to a few local shops and cafes to get a feel for the area, and have a chat with a few of the neighbours. Our favourite thing to do is go for a run around the block so you can explore the area by foot and take in some of the local routes at the same time.

4. Watch out for a flood risk

Flood risks can have an impact on both insurance premiums but it can also be life changing if a flood happens in your home and your sentimental possessions get ruined. Thankfully, flood risk is low in Brighton and Hove, but we recommend checking this out before you get your heart set on a certain property to rent in the city.

5. Check what’s being built (or planned) in the area in the next few months or years

The Government have a planning portal to help you prepare for anything being built near you so you don’t have any unexpected surprises pop up. Check out any plans or proposals here when you find your dream home to rent in Brighton and Hove.

6. Squeeze the landlord for information

It’s worth having a list of questions to ask the landlord and don’t feel embarrassed to make notes to help you remember the answers at a later date. We will cover this in a later blog post, so keep an eye out for this soon.

7. Take photos when viewing

As well as making notes, it can be a good idea to take photos when viewing a property to rent in Brighton and Hove. Although always check with the landlord/Estate Agent first that they are happy for you to do this.

8. View at different times of the day

It’s useful to visit in the daylight when you can see the property best, but we also recommend heading back in the evening to listen for any neighbours who may be out all day but make lots of noise when they get home and to see how much parking is available, as this is when most people are likely to be at home.

We’ve also put together a ten-point list of things you may want to consider when viewing your dream home to rent in Brighton and Hove, which may save some heartache (and money) later on.

  1. Look for any damp.
  2. Look up at ceilings and underneath mats for any stains or unexplained marks.
  3. Open doors and windows to check they all work correctly.
  4. Turn on switches to check they work too.
  5. Check the power points and sockets for any damage or sign or corrosion.
  6. Look at the plumbing – flush the loos and run the taps.
  7. Check the radiators and the boiler. Ask many questions regarding the boiler as you can think of.
  8. Check the locks for any signs of damage or tampering.
  9. Check your phone signal – the last thing you want is a new home where you can’t get any service.
  10. Look in the attic and observe the outside walls for any signs of damage.

There are of course other things you may want to consider when looking at renting in Brighton and Hove, but we hope this blog post gives you a good idea on where to start.

At Young Lee, we are always happy to answer any questions you have on Lettings in Brighton, so just get in touch if you want to know more. 

Don’t forget, you can view all of our current properties available to rent in Brighton and Hove.

Get in touch with us today on 01273 005599 or email lettings@young-lee.co.uk.

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