It is very important to consider your requirements before you begin to search for your property. Be very clear about the area that you want to live in, the type you are searching for, which amenities you want to have near and what budget you have available.
- Room, studio, house, flat
- Tenancy period length
- Unfurnished or furnished
- Number of reception rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms
- Off-street parking
Set a budget
Get a manageable budget set up and then stick with it. Rental properties are marketed by letting agents either by stating the monthly rental price or weekly rental price. Try to not be tempted (or allow your agent to tempt you) into searching for properties that are beyond what you can afford comfortably.
Along with your rental costs, other related expenses need to be budgeted for. Those may include:
- House contents insurance: this is something that you need to arrange yourself for all of the personal belongings that are inside of your property
- Council tax: often the tenant is responsible to pay this, so be sure to ask the landlord or agent for the estimated cost of this
- Service charges and utility bills: If the property is either in a serviced apartment or flats, there might be a service charge that you might have to pay, so make sure that you clarify with your landlord or agent whether it is an additional charge or included in the rent. You should also take the cost of bills into consideration – do they have economic electric German heating systems in place? Or could the house be losing heat?
- Deposit: usually the value of one month rent
- Removal costs: make sure you budget for expenses for hiring the removal company
Determine the location
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