Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Things That I Look Out For When Moving House


I lived in the same same house from the day I was born right up until the day I moved to University.

Then I moved every year at University, like you do, and I got the moving bug.

Since 2010 I have lived in 7 properties and I am about to move into my 8th. I really do got the moving bug!

Living in so many houses and flats has been exciting and great. I love change, when we don’t move house I just end up rearranging the furniture lots to keep me going. 

Over time it means I have come across a lot of good and a lot of bad things, so I’ve built up a pretty good checklist to use when I move property again.

Some of these things seem big and some might seem small, but when you’re living somewhere for at least a year even the smallest thing can turn into a big thing.

Transport Links

Before I even book in a viewing I will go on Google maps and see what transport links it has. How long will it take me to get to work? How long will it take me to get to town? 

The Surrounding Area

I also like to look up the surrounding area. Maybe do a quick Google search to see what the average person living there is like and what the crime rate is. 

Amenities 

I have lived in properties that are in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do nearby and let me tell you, it makes a difference. In my last property I lived a 40 minute journey away from a good cafe, restaurant or pub. I ended up staying in a lot more because it just took so much effort to go anywhere. In my current place I have everything I need within a 5 minute walk, which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE!!! If I’m craving a hot chocolate, a brunch or a gin it’s all right on my doorstep.

Parking

Is there an assigned parking space or enough slots? What about when guests visit? 

Windows 

I like to take a lot of pictures inside so having lots of windows and natural light is a must for me. I also just like rooms that are bright and airy, they look more spacious and make me more relaxed.

Ceilings

I’m a tall girl so low ceilings are a no-no!

Bedroom Away From Main Road

Not the main thing but it’s good if the bedroom is away from the main road, that way I won’t be woken up by lorries or sirens throughout the night.

Signs of Damp

The house I moved into straight after University had damp and it was a bit of a nightmare. My clothes would never dry properly and would start to smell, the walls were covered in mould and it was always a bit chilly. The landlord even tried to blame us even though it was there since moving in! If I smell a damp or musty smell or see mould or stains on the wall then I know it probably has damp and I want nothing to do with it.

Shower

I don’t care what weird looks I get from the estate agent, I always turn the shower on. In one property the shower was a light drizzle which was annoying af and made it really difficult to wash my hair. The shower gotta have some power!

Curtains

The boyfriend is the fussiest sleeper I know and he thinks we have to have black out blinds in order to get a good nights sleep. I actually don’t mind having thinner curtains because the natural lighting wakes me up, although it’s good to have dark curtains when I’m hungover!

Gas Oven

This one is super important. In my current property I have an electric oven and electric hobs, I’d forgotten how bad they were and thought it’d be alright. It’s not. It takes 3 times longer then it should to cook something and the hobs are bloody useless. 

Wardrobe Space

I have no space in my current wardrobe so a lot of my clothes are packed away into suitcases. I actually can only have one season at a time hanging up.

Furniture

Not all of the furniture you see when you look around is the landlords, a lot of the time I have asked at least one thing belonged to the current tenants.

Unusual Stains

The boyfriend saw a suspicious stain in a property and after questioning it he discovered the bathroom upstairs kept flooding. Big red flag!

Floorboards & Walls

I currently live underneath the nosiest neighbour I have ever know in my entire life. He play music loudly at every hour of the day, he stomps around (in Doc Martens I can only assume), he exercises above my bedroom at 7 in the morning, he plays the TV louder so loud I can’t hear my own and he is the reason I am moving out of my flat. Seriously, he is. Every morning he’s so noisy he wakes me up at 4/5 am, I’m just so tired! I live in an old building that’s been converted into modern flats, so the floorboards are wooden and squeaky. One of the first things I looked for in the next flat was whether the floor was more concrete or wood.  

Sofa

Also check if you like the sofa. I usually won’t look at a place if it has leather sofas, they’re just impractical and uncomfortable. Corner sofas are where it’s at! Unfortunately my next place has leather sofas, sad face. It didn’t look like it in the pics, so we only saw once we looked around. I was just in such a rush to get away from my noisy neighbour I decided I will figure a way around that later.

What things do you look for when moving to a new property?
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