Can you pinpoint exactly what it is about your neighbourhood that makes you feel at home? When you’re in the market to find a new place, it helps to remember the golden rule: You’re not only renting a home – you’re also becoming part of a community. As not all neighbourhoods are created equal, it’s important to match them to your needs.

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Finding a sense of community and connection in a neighbourhood is hugely important – especially if you plan to commit to a six to 12-month rental lease. At the end of the day, it’s not just a neighbourhood, it’s a place to drive connection, friendships and support groups. The key here is finding an area that syncs in with your exciting lifestyle before you take the plunge and move to your new hood.

Thanks to Rent.com.au and Airbnb, you can now try out your new neighbourhood before you sign on the dotted line – just like test driving a car – and the best thing is, you can do it all from one website!

How does it work? As you search for your next property on Rent.com.au, you’ll notice a new section on our homepage that will link you to accommodation options in different neighbourhoods across Australia through Airbnb. That way, you can experience them as the locals do before you agree to rent.

In a recent renter survey, 26 per cent of respondents told us they enjoy renting and do it as a lifestyle choice, embracing the opportunity to try out new places and experiences as one lease ends and another begins.

Before committing to any relationship, it helps to consider what it is you want out of the deal: Delicious eats, amazing views, a thriving nightlife or room to run? If eating out and hitting the dancefloor is key for you, make sure you’re not moving to a sleepy cul-de-sac away from the action. Explore the clubs and pubs, find your nearest gyms and community centres, time the school run or just chill at a local café.

Renter feedback tells us that the distance from your home to your workplace is a major consideration when searching for your next home. Why not stay for a work week in the neighbourhood of your choice and travel to work. Check the commute time and best routes to avoid heavy traffic. Is there a reliable public transport option nearby?

Our insights show that 50 per cent of renters are budgeting to spend around $300 per week on their rental. That’s a minimum of $15,000 in rent per year and a big commitment to make if you’re not sure about the neighbourhood. A one-night stay is available on Airbnb from under $100 a night – a small price to pay to mitigate the risk of not loving your new suburb. We want to become the home for renters in Australia and have taken your feedback on board, so we know this feature will help you make an informed decision when choosing your next home.

The new feature will work like this: Consumers visiting Rent.com.au will get a chance to select the Try before you ‘buy’ option. This link will appear on the homepage. If you choose to do so, you’ll be able to view all of Airbnb’s listings and decide where you want to get your real-life feel. You’ll then be redirected to Airbnb to check in.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and take your new hood for a spin at Rent.com.au.

Happy home hunting!
– The Rent.com.au team

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