Essential Tips to Renting
Prepare your paperwork:
Getting yourself organised is one thing, but the challenge is getting your flat mates to provide you with their paperwork. Rental properties can move at blistering speeds, so it pays to have everything prepared in advance. The list of essential documentation includes identification, pay slips, rental records and if at all possible, as many glowing references as you can muster.
Respect the reference:
A positive reference from your previous landlord will go a long way to gaining your new landlord’s favour. If it’s your first time renting, don’t despair – get creative and ask for a reference from your employer instead, or consider asking a family member to be your guarantor, who will be responsible for paying the rent if you default.
First impressions count:
Either you, or one of your housemates, should attend the property inspection. When you do, be on time, and on point – dress sharp and make a good impression – it’s just another way to help the agent choose you over your rental rivals.
Get that pesky paperwork out of the way:
It may sound obvious, but have a good read of your new lease before signing it. If you see something you don’t fully understand work it out with the real estate agent. If you’re sharing let your flat mates know ASAP how much bond they owe, and get that lodged. Get your electricity, gas (if you need it) and internet connected. It’s also worth getting a quote on contents insurance; consider a policy that will cover accidental breakages for extra protection during the move.
Figure out who’s doing the heavy lifting:
In a perfect world, this would involve one phone call to the removal company to book your preferred date and time. If your budget doesn’t allow for this sort of extravagance, it’s worth weighing up whether you:
a) enlist a mate with a van (or ute);
b) enlist a mate and hire a van; or
c) just hire the entire package – mate and van.
Whatever you choose, don’t forget to make an appointment with your agent to pick up the keys first.
Changing your address:
Be proactive. Make a list of those who still use the post and let them know you’ve moved. If this is too much trouble, use mail redirection for the first two months. Don’t forget your car and boat licenses and electoral roles if needed..