If you are planning to move to England, housing will be one of your priorities. Her Majesty’s country has plenty of options, especially in areas that are often breathtaking. Here is some information, tips and advice on how to find your nest once you arrive.
Major cities such as London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, etc., are dynamic in terms of employment, lifestyle and housing. On the latter point, prices vary depending on where you want to put your suitcases. It is important to note that the English housing market is changing.
If you like small towns or villages in the UK, you will have a better chance of finding large, reasonably priced accommodation. On the other hand, you will have to deal with a slightly more complex job market.
Types of accommodation in the UK
In the collective spirit, England rhymes with small cottage with garden, however, the market also includes detached houses, apartments, lofts or studios.
On the rent side, the budget you’ll spend in some cities could allow you to buy a house in a village.
In any case, factors to consider when choosing a home in England include: budget, commuting, your needs and lifestyle.
Finding accommodation in the UK
The Internet is likely to be your first tool for finding accommodation in England. There is no shortage of sites, both for rentals between individuals and with estate agencies. Don’t forget also to consult newspapers and magazines.
In order to rent your property with complete peace of mind, it is advisable to turn to a real estate agency. Although their fees are higher, the whole process will be managed carefully, as in the UK, tenants are protected by certain laws that agencies are obliged to enforce.
In addition, by turning to an agency, you will be notified immediately, by email or telephone, when an opportunity arises that suits your needs.
If you are tempted to rent accommodation without having visited it, it is strongly advised to be there to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
If you have found a property that corresponds to your needs :
- Find out quickly about the inherent costs (deposits, administration fees and daily expenses) from the owner or the real estate agent,
- Before you sign, read the terms of the contract carefully and find out about your rights as a tenant in the UK,
- Take into account the time and budget for travel, especially if you are moving to the south of England. For example, a national train ticket for one year can be as much as £2,000 to £4,500.