When it comes to choosing a home to rent, everyone has different priorities, and it can be difficult to find a property that’s just right for you. So where do you start?

Ashan Property Ltd can offer expert advice if you are looking for property to rent in Kettering and the surrounding area. Here are some of our top tips to help you end up with the right rental property.

Modern or Period Property?
One of the first questions to ask yourself is whether you are looking to rent a modern or period property. Kettering’s industrial heritage, and more particularly its history as a centre for the footwear industry, means that, as well as more modern housing developments, it also has many Victorian and Edwardian terraced properties originally built for workers. The factory owners tended to live in larger family homes, while the factories were often converted into flats after they reached the end of their working lives.
At Ashan, we always have a good range of houses and flats to rent on our books, so if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for on our website, get in touch and we will look out for a property which will suit your requirements.

Features to Look For
A garden and the peace it provides are a must for some people, while others don’t have time for gardening. For many people, facilities inside the house or flat – such as a modern shower or bath, or a fully fitted kitchen – might be a higher priority. Wi-fi and internet services are also increasingly important to many people.

A parking space is also a key consideration for some people looking for a property to rent in Kettering, while others may not need one. If you want or need a particular feature in your new home, we can help you to find a property which has the facilities you are looking for.

Closeness to Work and Transport
Many people choose a rental property because it is close to their work, or their child’s school. Others prefer to live some distance away, but thinking about transport arrangements is obviously important if you do decide to live further away from work.

Kettering boasts some excellent road and rail links, making it an easy commute to nearby towns, with many people also commuting to London and other destinations slightly further afield. Corby and Wellingborough are just 20-minute drives away while Northampton takes around half an hour. The town also has regular train services to destinations including Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Derby.

There is a direct rail service to Luton Airport, while Heathrow, Stansted, East Midlands and Birmingham International airports are less than two hours by road. For those who prefer to get out and about under their own steam, the town also has a network of cycle lanes, while there are a number of local and out-of-town bus services.

Character of the Neighbourhood
Some people may prefer the peace and quiet of a secluded cul-de-sac, or want to live outside the main town in a quieter area, for instance in one of the small towns or villages outside Kettering, such as Burton Latimer, Desborough or Rothwell.

Others might want to be closer to the town centre, for reasons such as better access to the main shopping areas or the nightlife. Wherever you are thinking of moving to, the best way to get a feel for the neighbourhood is to visit it more than once, and preferably at different times of the day. We can also help you to decide which areas in and around Kettering are right for you.

Who Does What?
Flats to rent often come with shared communal areas such as kitchens or gardens and it will be useful to know who is responsible for their maintenance.
Your letting agent should be able to tell you exactly what maintenance you will be responsible for, which is another factor to consider when choosing a property. If you are looking at houses to rent then you may want to redecorate and it is worth checking if you are allowed to.

You will need to know what to do, and who to call, if there is a major problem with the house, such as a breakage. A round-the-clock number in case of genuine emergencies is a great help. Ashan Property Ltd has a 24-hour helpline to call if problems arise.

Ashan Property Ltd are leading letting agents in Kettering. Among the services we offer are accompanied viewings, preparation of all the contracts and paperwork, a full written and photographic inventory of everything in the property, deposit protection and help with utility changeovers.
We offer a wide range of flats and houses to rent in Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden, Rugby, Daventry, Market Harborough, Desborough and Rothwell, as well as Kettering.

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