Lifestyle: Tips On Helping You Find The Perfect Flat

1. Be realistic!
When we first started thinking about moving out, we set a realistic date and how much time we would have to save up until then. Don’t look way too in advanced if you’re not ready – we made the mistake of searching for places, found some that we loved but was no where near enough ready to put down a deposit.


2. Think about your budget – £££

Every search for flats for rent needs to start here. Understand what you can afford to spend each month and don’t forget about bills! If you’re one of the lucky ones, to have rent which includes bills already. Don’t forget to include your budget for transportation to and from work.

3. What area do you want to live?

London is actually a very big city and has many choices to live in. When thinking about where to find a flats or houses for rent, think about where you want to go – think about where your friends, family or work are located and the area itself, safety and convenience.

4. What’s more important: property or location?

All houses and flats for rent searches are driven by these two criteria. In an expensive city like London, you will likely need to compromise on one of these criteria. We’ve experienced finding such a great flat with reasonable rent but it’s not in the right location or visa versa, or great flat but too expensive – Think about what is most important for you in your search. You may have to compromise!

5. Do your research!

I don’t just mean about the property, I’m talking about the websites you’re using, the apps you’re using and the possible agent – make sure they are legit! Use sites/apps that have a reputation, don’t take the risk – I even had to look up the person we were speaking to on LinkedIn, you can never be too careful. This is your future.

6. Ask questions.

Never assume anything about a property! If the property you’ve viewed has a crack in the window, don’t just assume it will be replaced – ask if it will be. Always ensure you understand all the costs in renting a property and what fees are necessary: reference & admin fees, inventory and check-in/out, end of tenancy, renewal, change of tenant, etc.

7. Confirm everything in writing!

Make sure you actually read through any document you sign! All key matters before you sign the lease on any house of flats for rent need to be communicated in writing. This is proof in case there is any conflict in the future. It is important to even discuss the little things, even on the inventory. For example if it say’s single bed instead of double bed or that there’s a mirror in the bathroom when there’s not – make sure to flag it up or have it corrected.

It’s been just over a month since we’ve moved out and now we’re currently living in a shared house in a lovely location – it may not be completely own own yet, but it’s definitely a start.

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  1. A L R E
    September 12, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    Excellent tips, guys! I definitely know what you mean about compromise – I had two options when moving to a new flat in Leicester this year, either I could go somewhere that was literally a 2 minute walk from my university department (but the flat was quite small and very loud by the road!) or move to a larger, more comfortable flat which was a longer walk from work! Ultimately, I went for the bigger place with the longer commute, I think it's worth it to live in a quieter part of town! Getting everything in writing is so vital, I'm with you there! I always record everything with email conversations to ensure I have written evidence to back up anything I say to my landlords! Great informative post as always!Abbey xxx

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Yes exactly! We struggled with our compromise as James and I had two different aspects to where and what our place would/have but we got there in the end and we’re lucky to be where we are now! Ugh everything in writing is a complete must, especially with the minor details we have going on now!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. Kate Winthrop
    September 13, 2018 / 7:42 am

    Aww I love these tips. Due to loads of issues outside my control I've had to move 8 times in the past three years and all of the things you've highlighted are so important – ESPECIALLY on the budget side of things! Everything in writing is another corker and so important! I'm so glad you and James found such a lovely place – house sharing is awesome and you both look so, so happy in that last pic, it makes me happy! Congrats not he move and great post! Kate x http://www.findingkate.co

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      This was both our first time moving out that’s not with family or student accommodation and we had to do a lot of research, it would have been great to have something like this but I hope it helps others! You should also write one with all your experiences – is there anything else you would highlight?Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. Megan Hogg
    September 13, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Great tips! The biggest one for me is setting a budget, it was the first thing I did even when I was just looking for a student house. I didn't want to fall in love with places that I just couldn't afford.Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      OMG yes! That’s why the budget was the first thing we spoke about because I know we can be big dreamers but being realistic is key!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. Make Me Up Inside
    September 13, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    These are such helpful tips! It's easy to get excited about moving and forget your priorities haha!Carla x

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Omg trust me! In the beginning when we were just talking about it – we were big dreamers about it but luckily we came to our senses haha Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. Vlogs From Jasmine
    September 13, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Great tips! I did basically all of these for Uni and it made it so much easier to find a place!Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      That’s so good! I’m glad you agree!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. Amie Cadwallader
    September 13, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    These are all such important tips my lovely especially for anyone who wants to move out! Love, Amie ❤The Curvaceous Vegan

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Hope this helps anyone who moves out soon!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. What Corinne Did
    September 13, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    Finding a flat is so hard, especially in London! I mean finding a flat that is decent! Even harder for me now that I have a pet! Thanks for the tips!

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      OMG exactly – so many places but so different and prices is key, especially when having kids or pets could be even more difficult!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. Hello Bexa
    September 13, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    These are excellent tips! Congratulations on your new place! I remember when I was looking for my flat there was so much to do, and I definitely agree, research is so important. Thank you for sharing your advice <3 xxBexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you! Oh the research we did – it was crazy but worth it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. Lisa's Notebook
    September 13, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    Everything you've said has brought back so many memories of when I was renting in London, haha. These are great tips, and all equally applicable to buying a house as well as renting a flat. The key one, I think, is accepting you'll probably need to compromise. Also, fab photos, especially the last one! xxLisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Oh that’s interesting to know with buying a house too, we’re not quite there yet but hopefully one day! Thank you!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. secondstartotheright
    September 13, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Yay for you's for finding somewhere you love! Even if it is shared, you can still make a small part your own. I'm nowhere NEAR in a position to be buying or renting anywhere unfortunately but hopefully one day. I'd love to have my own space. I wouldn't mind how big or small either – I think smaller places can be really lovely and cosy. These are great tips :)Jennyhttp://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Starting off shared is the best idea tbh, still our own place but not so alone justbyet if that makes sense hahaThank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  11. Bethany Jane
    September 15, 2018 / 7:28 am

    These are such good tips. I was 18 when I first moved into a private rental and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I wish I'd done more research on the letting agents as they turned out to be utterly useless. It's so exciting that you guys have moved in together! I can't imagine the stress of trying to rent in London – you're much braver than me haha!Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 2:05 pm

      It wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be, more on compromise if anything! Always a bit weary about letting agents – luckily found a good one, so far!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  12. Alisha Valerie Gerrard
    September 24, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Really love these tips lovelies, I'm so happy that you've both found somewhere that you love to settle down and make your home. I'm wishing you both all of the luck, love and happiness in the world. 🌸✨With love, Alisha Valerie x | AlishaValerie.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 2:05 pm

      Aw thank you so much! We’re so lucky and so happy in our own little place!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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