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Finding a rental property is your first step, but moving to a new house can be another challenge. Avoid a headache with planning, packing and costs with these tips. 

1. Start your search for your new home

Now is a good time to start your rental search. Are you looking to live somewhere inner-city near your state capital? Or would you prefer some independence away from the hustle and bustle in surrounding suburbs? Whatever works for you, use Rent.com.au to find your next rental property today.

2. Get RentBond approved

Once you’ve been approved for your new digs, check out Rent.com.au’s RentBond product – it’s a bond financing solution that lets you repay your rental bond over 6 or 12 monthly instalments. There are no credit checks – the main criteria is that your property is managed by a real estate agent, not a private landlord. Find out more about RentBond here.

3. Get your finances in order

We get it – sorting out your money isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – especially when matched against the excitement of starting a new course. But it’s one of the most important. Are there any government assistance loans to help with the cost of living or with your studies? Now is a good opportunity to budget your living costs and day-to-day life accordingly.

4. Decide what to take with you

Moving out of home for the first time? This is an important step and not one to miss! Make sure you have all the essential items for your set-up (this might be furniture if you’re renting an unfurnished property) or just some basics if you’re looking at sharing or renting a furnished home. Keep an eye out for bargains and try to avoid unnecessary purchases.

5. Get to know the area you’re moving to

Start getting to know the area you’re about to move to. Where is the nearest train station and supermarket? Do you know where you can find a chemist or doctor’s surgery? Determine the easiest route to your local library, gym and playground if you have kids in tow.

6. Pack smartly

It can help to set yourself a task to pack a box a day until your move to avoid the stress of last-minute packing jobs. If possible, avoid packing everything in one go if you have the time – you’re going to need some energy to unpack too!

7. Switch your utilities across

If you’re going to start renting a property near your campus, an easy way to ensure your electricity is working and your lights are on ready for your move-in day is to use Rent.com.au’s product, RentConnect! RentConnect will help you arrange the connection of all your utilities in one go. It’s a simple way to guarantee you can have a hot shower and relax the day you move in. Find out more about RentConnect here.

8. Take basic supplies ahead of time

If you have access to your home ahead of your big move, think about taking some basics over in advance. This will reduce some of the stress that comes with the official moving day. Unpacking the bathroom in advance (bit of an essential) and having clothes ready will bring some normalcy to any unintended chaos.

9. Read your Property Condition Report properly

If you’re renting a property through a private landlord or real estate agent, you should be given a copy of a Property Condition Report when you move in. Check this document very carefully. This is your opportunity to change anything that you think is not correct on both copies. Keep a copy of the changes made, and send a copy back to the landlord or property manager.

Tell us – what made your move easier? Let us know below!

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  1. Thanks for the tips! Organising and planning ahead is such an important, yet often overlooked practice. I live alone and have a very busy work schedule, so hiring some help made all the difference in my case. Sydney Removalist guys really did an amazing job. http://cityremovalist.com.au/northern-beaches/
    One big headache less to worry about.