Illustrated list of some basic steps to follow when looking for somewhere to rent in Reading
1.) Use the internet and free classified listings to find property to let in and around Reading getting a feel for prices, collect letting agent phone numbers, call the offices, talk to the agents about your needs and arrange a time to visit them.
2.) wander down to a letting agent with an impressive, alphabetically arranged collection of family names. For example, “Vanderpump & Wellbelove & Wellesley – Smith & Co (Est. 1929)“. This is just one of the dozens of letting agents I’ve visited in Reading.
3.) watch while the pink-tied-male letting agents tap-tap-click-click on their computers, chew their pens, adjust their hairgel and generally bicker amongst themselves about
- what the property is called.
- how many sets of keys they have.
- how long it takes to get from one property to the next, and
- what is the best route.
Its actually a fabulously entertaining show. A show well worth taking a vacation to see. Which I did. Hooray!
4.) go to look at property. Ensure you have a convenient shop nearby. My US person training together with my general level of un-adult-hood left me giggling at the name of this corner-shop.
5.) check-out the local parking possibilities, one-way systems, speed bumps, then see if you can find a few nieghobrs to talk to.
6.) ensure there is an excellent pub within walking distance. To complete this step you have to go into the pub, order a pint, drink the pint and interview the bar staff while observing the other clientelle.
7.) take a look at the district details on: http://www.upmystreet.com/
Estate agent: Are you sure you’re from the US?
Wendy: lived there for the best part of the last 8 years
Estate Agent: you don’t sound American
Wendy: I’m not