1st August 2016

If you are considering moving to a new rental property in Cheltenham, or maybe you are looking to make the move for the first time and move into a property for rent, then you will probably already know that not only is this a big decision to be making, but that the process for finding the property that you want to spend the next few years in is never going to be as easy as you think.

No matter whether you are buying or renting, the process for finding your dream property is still pretty much the same, as after all, you are going to be living in the property and therefore you really need to be happy with the decision you make. Although renting allows you a bit more flexibility when it comes to moving on should the home not be quite right for you, it is still better to get the basics right and end up with somewhere that does tick all of your requirement boxes, which means that once you sign on the dotted line you can relax and settle into your new home.

So, here are some key things you need to do to make sure that you can find the right property to rent in Cheltenham and get the home that you really want, rather than something you just have to put up with for now.

The Budget

Like most things in life, you need to know how much you can afford (realistically) before you can decide what you can get for your money, which is why it is so important to take a step back and really understand just how much you can afford to spend on your monthly rent. There is no point paying so much that it has major financial implications long term, so it might be that you need to set your requirements once you know how much you can afford to spend on rent.

The Location

Although we focus on Gloucester and Cheltenham property as whole, these areas are very large, so it is important you understand where you want to live and then try to find somewhere there. It might be to do with schooling, or being close to parents, or something that is just aspirational, but generally, you need to have a firm idea of specific locations within these large areas, as you can always expand your horizons should you need to later on.

The Necessities

How many bedrooms do you need? Do you have pets? Do you need a garden or off road parking? If you write a list of all the things you really do need, you can try to aim to match them all, but if not it will give your estate agent a good idea of what to try and find and then other types of properties that might match. For example, if you struggle with stairs, this needs to be taken into account, and if you need 4 bedrooms but a 3-bedroom property is all you can afford, they can work with you to find the best solution for your requirements.

The Next Steps

Once you know what you can afford, a good idea of where you want to live and then of course exactly what you need, this is the point that you can speak to a local lettings agent or property rental company and they will take you through the next steps and where you need to go to find the right home for you. Put simply, rather than spending the next few months searching online, in the local papers and various local publications, going through an agent means that not only do you often get a much bigger choice, but long term, you are going to be in safe hands as they will make sure your interests are taken care of, and act as the contact point between you and the landlord.