Background on Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes is one of the foremost up and coming places to live in the UK, with excellent road and rail links not only to London, but to other major cities in the UK including Manchester and Birmingham. Milton Keynes has so much to offer and attracts people from a multitude of different backgrounds which in turn brings a broad cultural and exciting environment to live, work and play. Situated in the middle of the UK you are never far away from the countryside whilst you can also experience all that city life has to offer.
Milton Keynes can boast excellent employment opportunities, living environments and recreational facilities in one of the UKs fastest growing areas. If you want to know more about what Milton Keynes has to offer then a good starting point is MKweb.
MKweb website with Information on Milton Keynes and surrounding area.
Multimap - Where is Milton Keynes?
Renting in Milton Keynes
There is a wide range of property available within Milton Keynes, everything from 1 bedroom maisonettes and bungalows, town houses suitable for growing families to large detached properties. All these range in price ensuring that no matter how much income there is available you should find a home in Milton Keynes.
The first thing to do before starting your rental search is to know how much you can afford to pay each month/week. Once your budget is decided then you can begin your research. The first and most obvious place is the internet. It is essential that you know what you can get for your money per month or per week before contacting the letting agents.
A good idea is to get a broad view of what property you can get for your budget, the best way is to check the online property portals. These offer properties that are available from a number of letting agents and give a vast selection so you will be able to get a general idea of costs from a number of letting agents in one place (saving time on trawling through 10s of websites). All of them offer either:-
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 advertised letting agents own websites.
A good example of a portal is Rentright Residential Property Letting Portal - Milton Keynes Page from here you can either email agents directly about your general requirements or you can refine your search and send email about specific property advertised on the site.
Rentright is only one of many property portals, if you do not find what you require from one then you may find it on another.
What to do next?
Make a note of the areas that you have found interesting property and then you can begin on the second phase of planning. This is the “area" research. People will always have different requirements of what they want, for example some people want quick access to the Motorway, or need to be on a bus route to the City Centre or maybe the local schools are important and the catchments areas. To find information like this then I would recommend a website such as Upmystreet , from here you can find a whole host of information to aid you in your decision of whether you would like to live in that area and it meets your requirements.
Once you have researched the areas and feel confident of the suitability then, if you have already found a property/properties of interest on the internet contact the letting agent and arrange a viewing. If not then you may consider visiting the agents websites directly and registering your details or making a trip to the town 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.
Chris Courtis is the co-founder of Rentright Property Letting Portal where you can find information and property for rent. Rentright is an advertising portal for local letting agents covering the UK.