Adam lives alone in a one-bedroom flat in Shrewsbury (Image: Adam England)
Every week we take a nostril round somebody’s rented property, chat with them about their experiences in renting, and see how they’ve made their flat or home a house.
In the present day we’re trying inside the house of Adam, 21.
Adam is a contract journalist and copywriter, who grew up in Telford, went to college in Southampton, and after spending a number of months residing again house along with his dad and mom, now lives alone in a flat in Shrewsbury.
Hello, Adam! How a lot do you pay to reside right here?
Lease is £450 per 30 days. Electrical energy works out round £50 per 30 days, council tax is £130 per 30 days, after which there’s WiFi, telephone, Netflix and so on.
And what do you get for what you pay?
There’s a small hallway through which there’s solely actually room for my WiFi field and a few pairs of trainers, after which a fundamental space that includes the kitchen, lounge and a makeshift workplace in an open-plan vogue. It’s the place I spend the vast majority of my time, whether or not working, watching Netflix, or making meals.
I’ve then bought my bed room, which I attempt to maintain as someplace that’s purely for sleep, and an en-suite lavatory with a bathe. It’s small, however there’s undoubtedly sufficient house for one particular person. My bed room isn’t enormous, however as I solely have a single mattress it doesn’t really feel too suffocating.
It will be good to have a balcony or outside space in a really perfect world, however aside from that, there’s nothing that I miss.
He pays £450 a month (Image: Adam England)
Do you are feeling like you may have an excellent deal?
It’s undoubtedly cheap. Taking the placement, situation of the property and amenities into consideration, I can’t actually have any complaints.
Do you want the world?
My flat is correct within the centre of Shrewsbury, so there are quite a few outlets and facilities on my doorstep.
Regardless of this, it’s nonetheless quiet and protected – even on weekends – and I’ve bought the river and loads of inexperienced house only a brief stroll away.
The practice station is simply 5 minutes down the street too, which is helpful – even when I’m not often travelling in the meanwhile for apparent causes!
Working from house, it’s good to be in the midst of every little thing. I can go for a brief stroll into city or by the river to interrupt up the day, and whether or not I would like bread and milk, or really feel like getting a espresso or a meal deal, I will be again house in ten minutes.
Having spent the final three years residing in scholar lodging, it feels remarkably quiet right here. Though I miss residing with buddies and the vibe of a uni metropolis, it’s simple to give attention to work right here, which undoubtedly fits me.
After spending years in college halls of residence, Adam loves having his personal house (Image: Adam England)
How did you discover the flat?
I used to be taking a look at flats within the space on-line – this was truly the primary I discovered that match my price range and wishes, and though I thought of different properties this was the one I had my coronary heart set on.
How have you ever made the property really feel like house?
I’ve added a number of private touches the place attainable. I embellish with a number of crops, and have a few prints as much as make the place really feel extra like my very own.
I prefer to maintain every little thing pretty minimalist, as I discover I get harassed when there’s an excessive amount of occurring, however there’s simply sufficient to make it really feel like house.
Have you ever discovered it tough to brighten when renting?
I haven’t completed an terrible lot on this entrance – I believe if I had plans to remain longer-term I might, however as I’m solely right here for a 12 months I’ve caught to placing up crops, and I’ve bought an incredible Frida Kahlo print from a stall within the native market.
I’ve took down a few the prints that had been already right here and quickly changed them, however that’s it.
Adam hasn’t completed a lot in the way in which of adorning, past hanging up some prints (Image: Adam England)
Do you are feeling like you may have sufficient house?
In regular instances, sure. It will get a bit of suffocating in periods of lockdown, as a result of I take pleasure in working remotely from espresso outlets and killing time trying round city, however there’s undoubtedly sufficient house for me by myself.
Earlier than shifting right here, I used to be residing again with my dad and mom, within the smallest room of the home, and naturally at college I didn’t all the time have lots of house, so having a complete flat to myself looks like an absolute luxurious. For those who’ve lived in halls with 9 different individuals, even simply having your individual fridge is one thing to savour.
Are there any issues with the house you must take care of?
Actually, I’ve no complaints. After I first moved in, the bathe door wanted repairing, however it was handled promptly and the flat is in nice situation.
Do you may have plans to maneuver once more any time quickly?
I’m intending to maneuver to Cardiff in September as I’ve utilized to do a postgraduate diploma.
My time on this property was all the time supposed to be a stopgap – a niche 12 months of kinds – however I’d be very happy to remain right here if I didn’t have plans for additional training.
After Cardiff, I’d ideally transfer to a metropolis like Bristol or Brighton, however I’d additionally prefer to reside overseas at some stage.
Do you wish to personal a spot some day or are you cheerful to lease?
In the mean time renting fits me – I’m not trying to keep anyplace long-term, so I like the flexibleness.
If I had been to quiet down someplace in a number of years’ time, proudly owning a property would in all probability be best, however for the second I’m content material to lease.
We could have a look round?
We enter into the hallway (Image: Adam England)
The lounge (Image: Adam England)
This house additionally serves as Adam’s WFH workplace (Image: Adam England)
Right here’s the kitchen (Image: Adam England)
There are many crops (Image: Adam England)
And a espresso machine for one (Image: Adam England)
The bed room isn’t enormous, however it’s good for Adam (Image: Adam England)
Adam plans to reside right here for a 12 months (Image: Adam England)
And eventually, the toilet (Image: Adam England)
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