Whether you are looking for privately rented accommodation or social housing you will need to have everything in place to ensure that you can accept a tenancy and move in.
You need to work out what is the maximum rent that you can afford and how you will furnish the property as it is unlikely to have carpets, kitchen appliances or other furnishings.
There are a number of websites that can help you to create a budget by calculating your income and outgoings such as rent, gas and electricity, water rates and Council Tax to help you to decide what is affordable to you.
It is likely that you will need to make a rent payment in advance and have a bank account to set up regular rent payments by direct debit or standing order to your landlord. If you need help to furnish your property, your Council’s Housing Options Team might be able to direct you to local furniture recycling projects..
The links below provide you with helpful advice and budgeting tools:
Help to Buy Midlands are holding an event in Worcester on 20th January at Worcester Racecourse between 10 and 3.30pm.
They have a number of exhibitors on board including Registered Providers (Housing Associations), housing developers, independent mortgage advice companies and solicitors so there is a whole host of housing professionals under one roof ready to help anyone that is hoping to get on the property ladder this year.
People can register for their free tickets on http://www.helptobuymidlands.co.uk
Over Christmas, properties will be advertised on Home Choice Plus for the usual weekly bidding cycle, commencing on Tuesday 19 December 2017, ending at midnight on Monday 25 December 2017.
Please note that due to Christmas office closures, a two week bidding cycle will commence on Tuesday 26 December 2017. Properties advertised in this cycle will be available to bid on until midnight on Monday 8 January 2018.
The usual weekly cycle will return from Tuesday 9 January 2018.