title:Renting Houses and Renting Flats in Liverpool – The Guide author:Chris Courtis source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_1085.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12 category:home_improvement article:

A snapshot of Liverpool
The Liverpool City Council area has a population of 439,476 with 26.39% of the population aged between 0-19 years. Liverpool is situated in the North West of England and has different regions including The Wirral, Southport, Knowsley, Halton, St. Helens and Liverpool. There is much to see and do in and around the Liverpool region including many Museums (Tate Liverpool, Museum of Liverpool Life, Mersey Maritime Museum and the Albert Dock) to name a few. Liverpool is at the centre of culture and can also boast Art galleries, heritage and grand historic buildings.
Sporting venues including the famous Aintree Racecourse, Haydock Park Racecourse and of course for football Anfield the Home of Liverpool FC and Goodison Park the home of Everton FC both English Premiership football clubs, whilst Rugby League is also a big part of the area with St. Helens RLFC.
You can find a whole host of further information on Liverpool and the surrounding areas in the websites below.
Liverpool Council Website
Where is Liverpool located in London?
Visit Liverpool Website
Renting Property in Liverpool
Liverpool City Centre has undergone much regeneration in recent years and has seen a large transformation. Not only has this happened in the commercial sector but also in the residential sector. There is a wide range of property available in Liverpool, now this includes ultra modern town centre flats for the new day executive ranging from 1 and 2 bedrooms to larger penthouse style flats. As well as this there are modernized traditional terraced houses, old terrace properties, fantastic family houses to executive detached properties. Depending on the location of Liverpool will reflect in the types of property that are available as well as the price of the property, there is a home to suite everybody in Liverpool and the surrounding areas.
Before you start your rental search the first thing to do is make a decision on your budget you have available either a monthly or weekly basis. Remember to take into consideration all of the bills which generally will be your responsibility, these will include council tax plus amenities including electricity, gas and water. Plus factor in other overheads you may have, for example a car or credit cards. Once your budget is fixed then you can begin your research. Don?t forget that you generally will require one months? rent and a deposit equivalent to one months rent on the day of move in. This can vary and it would be advisable to ask the letting agent in advance as to what the charges are.
Doing the research
Before rushing into the centre to look into the letting agent shop windows make sure that you are prepared. Research is important in order that you get a good idea of what property you can get for your budget. The first place to start your research is to have a good look on the internet, if this is available to you. There are a number of ways to do this, by far and away the quickest method is to use one of the online property portals. These are internet sites that have multiple agents listing their property, this saves you time and you get to see a range of property made available by a number of letting agents.
What do the Property Portals offer to help your search?
There are a number of key services made available by residential letting property portals, the main ones are listed below.
Multiple Emailing Service
Email service to all agents advertised on the site, sending details of your requirements. The agent then contacts you with property details that may apply.
Property Specific Email Service
Email service to send directly to the letting agent your interest in a specific property advertised.
Website Click Throughs
Click through to the advertised letting agents own website.
A good example of a portal that offers these services is Rentright Residential Property Letting Portal ? Liverpool Page from here you can perform any or all of the actions listed above.
Rentright is only one of the major property portals, if you do not find what you require here then you may find it on another.
Where do you go from here?
OK, so on recap, the budget is set, research has been performed on line and an idea of the type of property available in your budget has been gained. The next task you might want to perform is the ?area? research. Depending on your requirements of what you want will depend on what would be classed as a suitable area to live. For example you may want to live in Liverpool centre, near to the tube or train station or the local school. A similar process to your property research would be to do some internet checks a good site is UpMyStreet which offers a wide range of details on demographics, crime details, council details and much more.
Refining your list
Once you are happy with the research then, if you have already found a property/properties of interest on the internet then contact the letting agent and arrange a viewing. If not then you may consider visiting the letting agent website directly and registering your details with them or making a trip to the centre to visit the agents personally. Remember that it is also best to visit a property at different times of the day in order to get the overall picture of the area.
Some useful tips when you search
(A) Fix your budget
(B) Research available property on the internet
(C) Research the areas where you are interested in renting
(D) Contact Letting Agents in Liverpool or surrounding area to arrange viewings
(E) Re-Visit an area on different occasions
Letting Agents you may like to Try
Cuddly Bears Ltd, Property Link, PFIC, Liverpool Lettings Company amongst many many others.

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