The autumn term has just got going, but for thousands of students the frantic search for next year’s digs has already begun. While future freshers will likely face halls of residence, most second and third years will either be flat hunting or looking for shared houses. For many it will be their first experience of choosing their own lodging, so check out our guide on helping your kids avoid nasty surprises.
Decide between furnished or unfurnished
It can be a hassle having to furnish a student house, but at least your child and their friends will get the chance to put a more personal stamp on the property. Purchase pieces that could be used in your own home in the future, although if it’s likely to be a party place buy less expensive furnishings that won’t cost too much to replace. Whichever option you choose, you’ll find a fantastic range of wardrobes, sofas and other living essentials online at Isme.
Check what appliances are included
A house of five students is going to see a fair amount of laundry, so if there’s no washing machine be sure to check that there’s a launderette nearby. No one wants to face a term’s worth of washing in the Christmas holidays, which means access to a washer really is essential. Similarly, make sure your child checks what other white goods come with the property before signing the contract.
Make sure everything is safe and sound
Now you know what’s in the house, make sure all the appliances are working and have been checked recently. It they haven’t or there’s an issue, take it up with the landlord before the moving in date, as facing a broken fridge or boiler is not a good way to start life in a new house. Checking for damp is also important, since this not only signals a chilly house but can cause health problems.
While you’ll want to be sure that your child’s house is suitable, it’s important that they learn to think about these potential problems too. Offering advice and asking careful questions shows you’re interested without taking over, and can also give you some peace of mind.
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