My Tips for Finding Your Perfect Flat
How are you doing on this fine Sunday evening? I have some good news to share with you all. This week, I moved into our new flat! Yes, that’s right! I have finally found a flat in London after months of searching, and I’m lucky enough to live with three great girls. Our place is just off Brick Lane, which is famous for it’s vintage shops. This means I have an insane 8 minute walk to work. I’m feeling so lucky right now. After all the months of worrying, I’m finally lucky enough to find somewhere that really feels like a home.
After the months of struggling to find the right home, I have learned quite a lot though. Despite hating where I living before and being let down time after time, I think I really grew as a person. I’ve compiled a few tips for next time you’re house hunting, whether it’s in London for elsewhere.
Patience is Key
Finding the perfect place for yourself and whoever you’re sharing with takes time. You can’t rush into finding a place, because you don’t want to end up living somewhere you really don’t want to live.
Make a List of Your Priorities
One of the biggest mistakes we made while looking for a flat was blindly looking, meaning we didn’t really know what we were looking for or where. I recommend making a list of your top priorities in order. For example, my top priority was finding a place that had a living room, and second I wanted to be closer to work. We kind of learned what our priorities were along the way, but it would have saved us some time if we’d planned it out from the get go.
Determine Out Your Budget
Before signing your life away, you need to do some number crunching. It’s not the most fun part of flat hunting, but it’s essential. This might seem obvious, but working it all out and getting a budget on pen and paper does help. Once I had a clear idea of what I’d be earning and where my money would be going, it was a bit easier to narrow our search to places we could actually afford.
Be Specific in Your Search
One issue that my friend, Megan, and I had while searching for a flat is that our search was too big. We were looking in too many areas of London and we were looking at places with anywhere from two to four beds. This meant we were wasting time looking at places that weren’t even that great for us. It’s better to be more specific with your search especially when you’re looking somewhere with a large property market like London.
Next time you’re looking for a new home, try to bare these tips in mind, because it might just save you the time I lost during my search. Thank you so much for reading my little tips and if you have any tips of your own, leave them below! A special thank you goes to the lovely Zoe Griffin for taking my photos and just being a lovely person in general! Be sure to check back next week for a new blog post.