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Checklist for Property Viewing in Edinburgh

By Lindsay Thomson Subscribe to RSS | March 16th 2012 | Views:

Edinburgh is an attractive place for the visitors especially during the festival season which begins in August. This city is heaven for art lover and people from all over the world come to this city of colors to be a part of drama, literature and music.

Not only this but Edinburgh also has distinguished educational institutions (four best universities) and because of this, it is the center of students’ attraction from the whole world.

Majority of people like students, tourists and professionals choose to rent out their own place in Edinburgh rather than a hotel or hostel. Private choice of accommodation is not only comfortable but all in all it is good value for money. The government of Edinburgh has established a number of schemes to facilitate those people who wish to live in rental accommodation.

There are number of letting agents so you can easily find out a letting agent in Edinburgh who has over hundreds of property listings. If you hire their services then they will guide you throughout and show you properties according to your taste and necessities. On the other hand, you can look through advertisements by private agents on the internet; shops, newspapers, university boards etc and you can contact them and arrange for property viewings.

If you are going for a property viewing of particular property then it is essential that you should make a checklist beforehand of all the factors that you need to check.


First of all you must thoroughly check the condition of the property. Don’t forget to check the external and internal aspects of the property. You should look for any broken or cracked glass, signs of damp, animal droppings etc. Another important thing which you must check is décor of the house so you should make sure that the décor is according to your taste. If decor of the house does not meet your taste then must ask the landlord if he can redecorate it. In case if he denies then you can ask for permission to do so according to your taste.

You should check the safety and security of the house and its surroundings. For this purpose you must check all the locks on doors, windows, burglar alarm, and smoke alarm. Another important thing you must check whether the furniture meets the fire safety standards or not. You can visit the area and property on different times and different days in order to check the environment of the area. See how the area is at night, if the street lights are secure enough? Don’t forget to ask from landlord about the neighbors and meet some of them to question about the neighborhood. Checking the crime rate of the area may keep you on the safer side.

You should also make sure if the property is well insulated, has double glazing and has a metered water supply. This will later facilitate you in the costs of running a home. You should also ask from landlord about an Energy Performance Certificate.

It is better to check other similar properties in the market and compare the rents. Before entering into a contract you must ask yourself, if the property is worth the rent being asked for?

Lindsay Thomson - About Author:
Lindsay Thomson is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information on edinburgh flats to rent, please visit property to rent in edinburgh.

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