Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What to Look For With Edinburgh Rental Apartments

What to Look For With Edinburgh Rental Apartments
By Harry Worthington

Finding an apartment to rent can be an exciting or stressful event. It all depends on why you have to make the move. Some are forced to move due to non-renewal of a lease or termination of a lease. Others make the decision to move for positive reasons like starting a new job, a promotion, better schools or retirement.
What you need from a rental apartment in Edinburgh requires careful thinking. Whether you buy an apartment to rent out, or you rent an apartment as a tenant, there are certain factors that apply to all:

- Location
- Travelling time
- Size
- Lifestyle
- Cost

The first golden rule is location. A rental apartment close to schools, colleges and universities will be snapped up by a tenant with children or young adults studying. There are many Edinburgh rental apartments of varying dimensions situated near the university while families find the suburbs Newington, Haymarket, Bruntsfield, Marchmont and Morningside suitable locations for their activities.

It is essential to match a tenant and location. It's rare for young singles and couples to want to travel miles to get to vibrant nightlife. Edinburgh has a reliable and well thought out public transport system that makes getting to and from work easy. However, it is far more convenient and safer to use your own car or a taxi to get to your favourite restaurant, pub or club. Nobody wants to spend an unnecessary amount on petrol or fares so living within a reasonable distance is the answer.

Once you have your location, you must decide on the size of your rental apartment. Obviously, a family needs more space than singles or couples. Often there is a need to compromise. For example, older Edinburgh rental apartments may be bigger than new apartments. You may have to accept an older apartment for more space but a newer, smaller apartment would have modern amenities in the bathroom and kitchen.

A most important consideration is lifestyle. Do you want an apartment that allows you outside living? If you don't want to be cooped up inside all year round, make sure you choose a garden apartment. There are people from all situations who are much happier if they are able to sit in sunshine, have a barbecue or do some gardening. Depriving yourself of what makes you happy at home is a long term mistake.

A landlord and a tenant must be clear about cost. The rent must be fair to both parties. Spend some time looking at similar apartments in the location or street you want to compare value for money. This will show whether the amenities you are getting is worth the rental.
The easiest way to find suitable Edinburgh rental apartments is through a reputable rentals agent situated in or near the suburb you want, or perhaps even online. This way, you don't waste time on apartments that are not what you want and above your price range. Rental agents make life smoother for tenants and landlords.

Greatbase offer Edinburgh rental apartments providing ideal Accommodation for business, Hogmanay, Christmas and New Year.