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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. Create your Renter Resume

If you’ve started your rental search, set up your Renter Resume too – it’s a quick process that will let you add all of your info in one secure place, and then you can use it to enquire and apply for as many properties as you like. Start your Renter Resume here.

2. Get RentBond approved

Moving is expensive, especially when you haven’t got your bond back from your previous rental yet. So even before you’ve found your new place, check out Rent.com.au’s RentBond product – it’s a bond financing solution that also lets to borrow your rent-in-advance and any other moving costs up to $10,000. 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!


Rent.com.au is Australia's largest company dedicated to renters and is owned and operated by ASX-listed Rent.com.au Limited (RNT:ASX). For over 15 years, Rent.com.au has exclusively focused on making renters' lives easier by making it easier to find a property, secure it, move in and pay rent.


  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.