Video viewings, securing a rental property online

Ocean Lettings & Management

Video Viewings have become increasingly popular to shortlist and secure a property to rent. This may be due to Covid-19 restrictions, or simply as the most practical option in what is often a very competitive Bristol rental market.

However, we do understand that making such a big decision without actually visiting the property yourself can be a little daunting, and you may consider it a risk. To help, here are a few things to consider when using video to view property to rent, and remember, we are on-hand to discuss anything and everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

There are advantages of video viewings, certainly speed and practicality. Making a quick decision is important when renting in Bristol as the rental market is extremely competitive. Often, there are likely to be several people bidding for a property the day it comes onto the market. Our video viewings mean you can see a property straight away, you can express an interest or submit an offer before others.

Because video viewings can be done on any device, at any time, and from anywhere, they are incredibly practical for people who are not based in Bristol or simply do not have time to spend hours physically viewing multiple properties.

If you can’t see it, ask about it

There may be some details you’re not able to confirm on a video tour. No problem, we understand that you will need to ask more questions after a video viewing than a physical viewing. There is no such thing as a silly question, it’s likely we will have anticipated these and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Here are a few we’d expect to answer so that you can make an informed decision and proceed if it’s the place for you.

  • What’s the overall condition of the property? it can sometimes be a little hard to see on a video. When was it last painted and decorated? What condition is the flooring in?

  • How old are the kitchen and bathroom?

  • If the condition is not to my liking, will the landlord consider decorating it before we move in?

  • What do the windows look on to? Is there any information on the neighbours?

  • What are the communal and reception areas like? Are they well maintained and kept tidy?

  • Is there any building work any major construction works underway or planned in the near future?

And remember to check the additional photographs we take and the floor plan too. For the immediate area outside, check Google street view.

Other considerations

If you like the look of the accommodation and condition then, of course, there’s more information you’ll need before the final decision. Here are some other things you may like to ask about.

  • Is the property managed by Ocean or the landlord? If managed by the landlord, do they have other properties?

  • Will the property be professionally cleaned?

  • Will a list of the furnishings be provided?

  • When was the boiler & heating last serviced?

  • What is the security like? Is there an intercom?

  • Is there any secure communal/bike storage?

  • How long did the last tenants stay in the property?

  • How much is council tax? Any utility costs included?

Get to know your estate agent

In order to help secure the best possible place for you, it’s important we fully understand everything about your search - your property and area requirements, any relevant personal circumstances, timeframes and budget.

Get in touch to discuss all aspects of renting with Ocean and click here for more information on renting with Ocean and for further reassurance. It is very important that you feel you can trust Ocean to assist you with your property search and secure your new rental agreement.

Break Clauses: for extra peace of mind

If you are very concerned about the risk of not liking the property once you are in there, ask the agent if it is possible to insert a 6-month break clause into your tenancy agreement. This means that if you don’t like the property, you will be able to move out of the property in six months, with no financial penalties.


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