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July 7, 2010
Moving To London: How Long To Wait On A Good Flat
Where you live is a very important and personal decision. It will affect when you wake up and go to sleep, when and where you go out and even what and how you eat. It also takes up a huge part of your budget. That sort of decision takes time and consideration. Unfortunately, you don’t always have that time when looking for a property. I have seen properties that are out on the market in the afternoon, and rented by the morning. Turn around is quick, and becomes even quicker during the summer and when you are dealing with rental properties intended for students and young professionals.
This means that if you take time to ask whether or not you really like the place, or if it fit in with your objective, it will likely be taken. The first thing to remember with that is not to panic. Properties come on the market just as quickly as they come off. The key way I’ve found to combat this is to call estate agents directly and trust that no webmaster can update a webpage that quickly. As well, make sure you know what you are looking before searching, or to use the first couple of searches to figure it out. That way when you see the right property, you’ll know, and you can move quickly. Think of it sort of like an auction. There isn’t enough time during the auction to map out a strategy on the fly. If you went in not knowing what was there or what you wanted, you’d end up bidding on the wrong items or paying too much. Similarly, make sure that when you are ready to seriously search for a flat, you know precisely what you want. It’ll make the turn around much easier to manage