A Guide to Renting in Bristol

Moving to a new city isn’t easy. It might take some time to adapt to your new surroundings and, unless you’re lucky enough to already be familiar with the area, the trickiest aspect of it will be finding the right accommodation. When looking for a place to rent, there are a number of important factors that come into place – the distance from your workplace, local amenities and the area’s safety.

Bristol is famously known for being a vibrant, exciting city to live in, offering entertainment on nearly every corner of the city – from historical attractions to up-and-coming restaurants and bars. So it goes without saying that, in a city that has so much to offer, you will be also spoilt for choice when looking for the perfect rental property.

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To help you get ready for your move, we have put together a handy guide to renting in Bristol, which will give you lots of tips and ideas to speed up the process and be settled in your new home in no time at all!

Renting in Bristol: How to find the perfect property

Research the area

As mentioned, there are several factors that will come into play when choosing the perfect rental accommodation. Before you dive straight into flat or house viewings, take some time to do your research and write down a list of areas you think are most suitable for your needs. If you need help deciding on an area, on our blog you will also find a Guide To The Best Areas to Rent in Bristol.

Set a budget

Now that you know what the best areas for renting in Bristol are, it’s time to think about money. Will you be renting alone? Are you moving in with your partner? Or perhaps you’re looking for a cosy room in a house share? These are all things you should keep in mind when setting your budget. Your living circumstances will not only affect the price you will be paying for rent, but they will also give you a chance to pick the best area for your needs.

Start your search in a timely manner

There is nothing worse than your current lease running out before you’re ready to move into your new place, so start your search in a timely manner. Generally speaking, it will take you anything between two weeks and two months to find the perfect rental property. There are a few factors playing a role in this, such as your current tenancy notice period, whether you have any other dependencies (i.e. a job coming to an end) and your budget.

Get packing ahead of time

With rentals, things might move quickly, so it’s important you stay organised and on top of things. Moves can be stressful and there is nothing worse than living surrounded by boxes for months on end. The best way to avoid chaos and keep things organised is to box anything you know you won’t be using until you’re settled into your new home and put that in storage. Only keep the essentials with you and, when the time comes and you’re ready to move in, the transition will be seamless. Vanguard self-storage in Bristol offers a range of options, from 10 sq ft lockers that can hold a couple of boxes to bigger storage units where you can keep all your belongings organised.

Ask your landlord for references

A good idea when looking for a new place to rent is to gather as many landlord references as you can to prove that you’re a good tenant. While this is not mandatory to have, it will definitely make you stand out from other potential renters, improving your chances to get the place you’ve set your eyes on!

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Don’t rent until you view

Sites like Zoopla and Rightmove have made it easier to find the perfect place to rent, however the risk with online listings is that the property you’re going to rent doesn’t exactly look like the pictures online. Before you sign a contract or pay the deposit, make sure to view a few of the properties you have shortlisted and ask as many questions as you can. A few questions you should ask – either to the landlord or to the current tenant – are: What are the neighbours like? How much roughly do you pay in bills monthly? Is the area safe at night? How much is council tax? Why is the current tenant leaving?

You’re ready to sign!

By the time you get to the bottom of the list, you should feel confident in your decision, so all there is left to do is sign the lease papers. Ask the landlord to show you the Gas Safety Certificate and the Energy Performance Certificate and make sure that your deposit is protected by a tenancy deposit protection scheme. Once you’re satisfied with all the above, sign the contract and enjoy your new home!