Finding your ideal rental property
Finding your ideal rental can make all the difference between living in a place you look forward to getting home to, or constantly working out how to break the lease.
According to Rent.com.au, there are a number of physical and emotional aspects for renters to consider when making a decision about their new property and finding a sense of community and connection to a neighbourhood is super important when searching.
Rent.com.au’s guide to choosing the perfect neighbourhood
- First impressions count. Consider your immediate reaction to the area around the property. Look at the surrounding landscape, lighting and availability of parking.
- Look at security measures in and around the property. Check out the lighting, security access and dark areas. Do you feel safe? This will also apply to your visitors.
- If off-street parking is not an option, access to public transport will be a necessity.
- Check out the external features of the building. Is it in good repair? Does it feel inviting?
- Look for an overall sense of pride and cleanliness in the immediate surrounds. Do your neighbours have well-maintained properties? A good street often has a flow-on effect across the community.
- How far are the local shops, schools, pharmacy, pubs, cafes and restaurants? Are they within walking distance from home? Look at the nearest public transport options.
- Your health should be at the top of your list. If you like to walk and exercise, consider the location of the nearest parks, walkways, cycle tracks and gyms.
- Remind yourself what it was you want from your neighbourhood. Was it a café lifestyle, an organic community garden, easy beach access or a quiet garden? Don’t let a small price discrepancy get in the way of your dream.
- If tranquility is what you’re after, consider potential noise factors in the surrounds. Trains, planes, dogs, nightclubs, thoroughfares and long-term building projects are all worth thinking about.
- Go with your instinct. Remember that one of the great advantages of renting is flexibility – you can move out after 6 or 12 months if you’re not happy.