When searching for a place to live, keeping on top of the local property market can be a strain – especially when you’ve got work and family commitments to juggle. The best properties soon get snapped up if you aren’t quick off the mark.
Yet there’s an easy way to stay a step ahead of the game… Rightmove, one of the UK’s top property directories, can give you special alerts that tell you what’s available in your area, as soon as it’s posted.
In case you aren’t familiar with the alert system, here’s an introduction to what it is, and how to use it:
Why set up Rightmove alerts?
It’s difficult to argue with the speed and breadth of Rightmove’s information. While independent agents, like Summermere, will update our own sites with the latest listings on a regular basis, we know that Rightmove is the best place to find and be found when it comes to lettings.
As a tenant, it also doesn’t make sense to waste time scouring a dozen websites or waiting for agents to elbow their busy schedule aside to get in touch. By setting up Rightmove alerts, you’ll never miss a new listing that meets your criteria.
Save your search criteria
The Rightmove search bar sits on their homepage; it’ll ask you, initially, for the postcode or general area you’re looking within and whether the property is to buy or to rent. From there, you’ll be taken to a second list of options, including min/max price, number of bedrooms, whether it’s been listed now or anytime in the last 14 days, and preferred type (bungalow, apartment, etc.).
Fill them out with your preferences. After you click the ‘Find Properties’ button, you’ll be taken to every relevant offer that matches your selection. ‘Create Alert’ will be another button at the top of the sequence. When you hit it, you’re telling Rightmove that this is your perfect search template for renting a property in the chosen area. It’ll save your criteria and base notifications around them.
Set up a Rightmove account
At this stage, you’ll be asked how often alerts should be delivered. For ultimate speed and transparency, you’ll have to create a Rightmove account. It’s fairly straightforward: head to the Register page, enter your details, and choose a password. That’s your gateway into all the latest rental news, and ‘Instant Alerts’ will be available.
From now on, pre-qualified rental opportunities will jump to attention on your PC, tablet or laptop. You can follow the alert to the property that catches your eye. If anything changes – your money situation, say, or the desired locality – it’s a simple matter of fiddling with the search labels in your account settings.
You’ll find the latest Summermere properties on Rightmove; we’re advocates of the alert system, because it helps our future tenants find the place they’ve been eager to see, refusing to be anywhere else than the head of the queue.
By all means, see which rental homes in the North West are available on our website – but don’t count Rightmove out either. It’s a great resource to bring the best prospects to your attention.