Advice - moving house / renting for the first time

sdm

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Since I'm moving from my parents and renting for the first time in the very near future, I thought I would find out if anyone has any advice, hints, tips, things to look out for, things to be wary of, or anything else that would help me along my way during this exciting but daunting experience, it would be smashing to hear them all!

Just to bring you up to speed - I've already found a flat and the reference checks have been completed and passed. I'm now just waiting for the date I've selected to pay the deposit / first months rent and pick up the keys!

:orly:

Oh, thanks in advance for all serious advice :teeth:
 

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I got my 1st flat away from my parents at 18yrs old and the 1st advice that i would give is to pay your bills! i know it sounds daft but it's really easy to forget. As soon as you move in, call up your local council, electric, gas and water companies and get the bills sent to you so that you can organise your 1st months payment, it is SERIOUSLY easy to get a CCJ if you forget to do it, i did!! EDIT - Also Telly licence

Another one (especially for DJ/Musicians) is to go to all your immediate neighbours houses and get friendly with them so when you get a bit noisy, they'll complain to you and not the old bill!!

Hope this helps
 
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Keep the noise down - police are not good neighbours.

Keep sciving mates out - see above, plus they'll hang around for free nosh.

Don't buy a Playstation - if you intend to get any work done.

Don't keep weed or drugs at home. Don't let anyone do it.

Pay your bills religiously.

Learn to cook - saves you money and impresses the girls. Takeaways get expensive.

Get a good internet connection.

Don't bother with a landline - extra cost, don't need it.

Get more money - living by yourself is frigging expensive.

Visit your parents twice a week regularly - free nosh & laundry.

Learn to clean regularly or get a cleaner - you'll be surprised how quickly you have your flat turn into a pigsty.

Get a good loud alarm clock to wake you up.

Buy good studio headphones if you intend to produce.

Visit the supermarket, not the cornershop for food. Cheaper and bigger choice.

Get a girlfriend to live in. Sex, food, laundry, cleaning shared.

Give a pair of keys to your friends or parents - coz you will lose them.

Buy own brand cleaning products - Persil is expensive.

Get find insurance for the flat and its contents - chance is you're going to get down over.
 

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@sdm sorry for jokes earlier !!

anyway advice wise always know where your local citizen advice bearuo is before moving in .....
your paying rent !! so again all landlords are biznes people and will in someway stitch you over !!!
go into the property 1st without any stuff and have a clipboard and pen ...
right down what you see,if theres scratches or dents etc etc
get your landlord to sign both copies ....

this way the fuppers cant at the end of it make you pay out for shit that was there already ...........

soz for earlier hope that helps rude boy !!! ;) :beers:
 

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go into the property 1st without any stuff and have a clipboard and pen ...
right down what you see,if theres scratches or dents etc etc
get your landlord to sign both copies ....

this way the fuppers cant at the end of it make you pay out for shit that was there already ...........
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This is my main bit of advice man, in regards to dealing with bureaucracy of real estate it will pay off and keep your bond intact ( assuming you keep your skiving mates out. Dustek, you have a low opinion of people sometimes)
 

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Get a good internet connection.

Don't bother with a landline - extra cost, don't need it.
Do you know of any deals where I can get a line used just for Internet? NTL isn't available in the area.

Thank you everyone for the advice so far :thumbsup:
 

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This is my main bit of advice man, in regards to dealing with bureaucracy of real estate it will pay off and keep your bond intact ( assuming you keep your skiving mates out. Dustek, you have a low opinion of people sometimes)
Experience :(
 

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When i got my first place I bought all the stuff I needed before moving out.. including couch, end tables, utensiles, trash cans, TV, clocks, dishes, cleaning supplies, shower curtains, anything you can think of we bought it new and didnt open anything until we moved in.. we did this over about 2 months.. Made moving in so much better.
 

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But did you buy a load of useful stuff as well?

I'd suggest moving out, then finding out what you need as you go. Think about your purchase. Moving is f****** expensive.
 

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Check this for advice...

Get a file / ring binder and keep all documents / correspondence relating to bills / contract from the landlord / agents / utilities / council tax etc...
Including your meter readings and 1st bills / confirmation of date you moved in...

And keep it somewhere safe...

I've had soooooooo much shite from muppet utilities trying to incorrectly bill me for wrong dates or previous tenant bills (when they ain't informed them before moving out).

Keep the docs and laugh in their faces. Don't switch to online billing til u know they got the facts right...

And if the place ain't got a hoover, buy a Dyson... The Technics of floor cleaning devices!
 

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might sound funny but B4 u movein go through the placewith ur landlord...make a not eof damageor repairs needed..makre surethey are done b4 u movein...I had one plavcewhere my bed was broken anfd had to put mattress on floor...so i smashed the bed up so they coulf'nt do it to nobody else. I had exposed electricla wires and they wouldn't get of their arse so I wrote them an abusive letter and the workman tried to pick a argument about it...but that is anoth "Stan's cpnfrontation story"...as for Dusty's advice....hmmmm....I agree with Mesh...u know who ur mates are ...as for no weed the 1 rule in lifeis there are no fucking rules :bounce:
 

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Loads of good advice there!, Definatley make sure you call all the utillity companies ASAP!! they will fuck you over otherwise.

Check any meters which need reading and tell the relevant companies that you have just moved in and give them the readings ASAP.

Your first few shops especially the initial one will scare the shit out of you, don't let this phase you. I have food shopping down to a fine art now.

If you want to be sensible try and do a months worth of shopping in one go, should save you money rather then going every week and buying shit.

Scope your neighbours out don't play any loud music for the first few nights, try and assess there volume levels first, then at least you know where you stand as they could be hardcore jungle heads as well.

Try and find out what type of contents insurance you have, you will have some pretty expensive equipment laying around!

Get very pissed and have a fuck load of fun, I could never ever go back to living with my parents now :slayer:
 

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mesh's Alternate House Advice (gained from Martha Stewart while in prison)

- immediately christen your new home by getting roaring drunk with friends as soon as possible. if you do this properly it will leave enough mess to really get to love the feeling of mopping a floor.
seriously, have a kick arse house-warming. if you have a few people it can be a dinner party, or lots is a weekend bash.
remember to clean up all the porn you can now leave lying around first.
put pictures up, posters, flyers, art whatever.
get a nice plant that won't die indoors.
find the sunny room.
find a good place for your keys, wallet, phone. i have a hard time with this.
dont put your tv in a thoroughfare.
actually it might be the chance to burn your tv, but i wouldnt lol.
buy fruit and veggies.
register domain name 'my-shack' and set up a web cam.
 

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£9 per quater?!

Didnt know about that either!

Gotta look into that one
think I have discovered a loop hole,

So i pay £9 a quarter for my phone line then £15 a month for a Broadband connection.

I just called up BT, asked them if I could have an incoming calls line as I only wanted it for broadband, the guy did say that he didn't think it would work and that i would have to upgrade my line. No problems as of yet I have done this in both my rented places now!

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