One of the most common questions we field here at Rent.com.au is: “When should I start my search for rentals?”
To ease the stress that comes along with apartment hunting, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to the whole process of searching for rentals. Here’s everything you need to know:
When should I start looking?
You should start actively searching for your next rental property on Rent.com.au around 4 weeks before your move. Properties come on and off the website by the thousands on a daily basis, so if you find a great property now, it may not necessarily be available when you’re ready to move. But it’s a great idea to start searching now and conducting some research into the suburbs where you might like to live.
Preparation is key
If your moving date is a little way off, you can set up an email alert on Rent.com.au. This will enable you to get all new properties sent to you on daily, or weekly basis (as you please). To do this, visit www.rent.com.au and click Register and create an account. Once you’ve signed up, you can create Alerts. All new listings will be delivered straight to your inbox. It’s too easy 🙂
Think about your budget
Deciding to rent is an important life decision. Each stage of the renting process comes with a price tag, whether paying your security bond or paying rent on time. Practice good money habits before and after you begin living in a new apartment so you can keep your finances in good order. Here’s an article about the best money habits to have when you’re renting and renting on a budget
Get outside and explore!
While it would be nice to be able to trust the photos you see online, don’t assume they mirror what rental spaces look like in person. When you visit some rental properties, try to get a feel for the neighbourhood. How far is it from the train or supermarket. Are you surrounded by young singles or families? Checking out the area before you move in will eliminate any nasty surprises. You can try a neighbourhood before you sign any lease with Airbnb, through Rent.com.au. There’s a good article about Rent.com.au’s partnership with Airbnb here, and what it means for Renters across Australia.
Review your lease
Read it once, read it twice and read it one more time. It’s better to go over a lease a hundred times before signing, than to be stuck in an unfortunate situation. Consider the legal standards for both landlords and tenants, and make sure that your lease reflects these.
Want more advice? Check out these articles on Advice for first-time tenants and What happens after you apply for a rental property.