when should I start searching for rentals?

If your lease is coming to an end, or you’re about to rent for the first time, you might wonder about the best time to start your search for a rental property.

To ease some of the stress that can come with house hunting, Rent.com.au has a few tips to help you through the timing phase of your property search.

When should I start looking for a rental property?

If you have a lease coming to an end soon and you need to find a new place, timing will be most important to you. Consider starting to actively search for your next rental property on Rent.com.au around four weeks before you need to move.

Rental properties come on and off Rent.com.au by the thousands every day. If you find a great property today, it may not necessarily be available when you’re ready to move.

That said, it’s a smart idea to start your search earlier in the process to get a feel for the types of properties available in your preferred areas and what your needs are.

Are you looking for a suburb that’s more family-friendly? Or would you prefer an apartment close to the nightlife? Do you need a balcony to house your plant habit? Searching through the available listings will help you get some perspective on the kind of life you want and where you see yourself in future.

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Preparation is key

If your moving date is a little way off, a useful step is to 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.

Using the Rent app? Make sure your Saved search notifications are turned on for Push notifications or Email notifications. Whatever suits you best.

Think about your budget

Renting a property, whether by choice or situation is an important stage of your life. Each part 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 every photo you see online, you can’t assume they mirror what a rental property looks like in person.

When you go to a rental viewing, 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.

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 requirements for both landlords and tenants, and make sure that your lease reflects these.

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