moveflat, London flatshare flatmate flat and house to rent
We couldn’t really find one. We guess that is a selling point in itself. The site goes straight to the point and we rather like that. They do complicate things: it’s all about the properties and the people. They’re not trying to sell you on gimmicks or supposed benefits. You know what you’re getting into and all the associated things that will go with it. You don’t need a pastel coloured infographic to tell you all of that. So they get straight to business. We appreciate it, and it’s a refreshing change honestly. We wish that more companies would just cut the blather.
Any review of a property listing site is always going to talk about the nature of how information is presented and its accuracy. This is no different and we’re glad to say that the listings on the site seem to be largely accurate. There aren’t any outdated ones that are clearly far too old to remain active, and in general the listings are at least functional. There isn’t really much more to say: they don’t offer anything especially different.
It’s all user based, so it all depends on when there’s a demand. There could be nothing for a week then a deluge, then a trickle, then nothing again. Every day is different. In general though, there is enough of a community to keep things ticking over at a steady rate, and it doesn’t take long for new listings to spring up.
Number of Houses
There’s a good number of properties available, so things won’t be as competitive as they would be with an agency. On a similar note, you’ll find that there are a great number of locations represented. From East to West, there’s something in pretty much every area. What there isn’t however, is something for every budget. In some areas, there’s a distinct lack of value. We’re looking at zone 1 flatshares where 800pcm is the starting price, areas that we know you can find rentals in for at 100 less than that. It’s an odd one really, and we do wonder if this kind of environment is created by peer pricing, where everyone simply sets their price at the same level as their neighbour’s.
Ease of Use
Let’s not beat around the bush here: the UI is simple and functional. It lacks the careful design aspects that many of its competitors use to make their site as easy to use as possible. At times, you can be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of text on the page, all in the same font and at the same size. It can be hard to pick out the relevant information, a problem that’s only made worse by the concise nature of the listings.
For the tech savvy, it’s hardly the end of the world but for those that are used to shiny and well polished apps, it will be jarring. It could well make the difference and leave them scratching their heads about what to do next.
Moveflat isn’t fancy, and it certainly isn’t flashy. It’s a very utilitarian creation, an example of function over form. What they might be forgetting however, is that sometimes the two do rather overlap and bombarding customers with information (as nice as having the details is) can lead to them actually absorbing less than they would if you presented them with half the text in a better format. It’s a relatively minor gripe, but this is a competitive market. London is a fierce city and only the best survive. If Moveflat wants to move in those kinds of circles, it’s in need of a facelift.
If you want to find out more, go to http://www.moveflat.com/