So you’ve been searching for ages and you’ve now found the ideal property for you to rent? What should you do now? It might seem like an easy question but there are a lot of vital steps tenants sometimes forget. Let’s look at the key steps you must consider before, during and after deciding to lease a property.
Before you decide to lease a property the most obvious one is go and have a look at it. It’s all very well when a property looks nice online however the real thing can sometimes be a bit different. It might not have the best outlook, might be a bit dark inside, or maybe a bit more dated than first expected. If you are in the unfortunate situation of moving to an area where it is not feasible to view a property then this is a bit more of a difficult situation. It would be best to have someone view on your behalf, a friend, colleague, or distant relative. Ask about, it’s a small world after all. Bear in mind however, you should be prepared for a viewing as a tenant too.
There is a question everyman asks themselves. How big is my…couch? What did you think I was going to say? I must admit, I don’t know the exact size but I do have a measuring tape in the cupboard. Be sure to measure the key items of furniture you have to ensure they can fit in the property and also, fit in different directions as it’s always nice to change the layout now and again. Be mindful of the couch, the bed, and also the fridge. The big American-style fridge freezer combos can catch everyone out. Now that you’ve seen the inside and made sure all your furniture fits what should you do? Take a look beyond the four walls of the property. (I do assume it has four walls otherwise we’re in trouble!). Look at the surrounding area, maybe have a small walk after the viewing and ascertain if it’s the right area for. Is there 4 café’s within 100 yards? Great for the cappuccino before work. Is there a park nearby? The morning run will be no problem. The property is one thing but ensuring you live in an area which is right for you is another story all together.
Once you have decided it ticks all the boxes it’s time to get in touch with the Property Manager and make an application. As it goes, this is quite a simple step. A lot of agencies have a similar format of application and all the information sought should normally be readily available to you. Contact details for yourself, employer, rental references and personal references. Be mindful if you are self-employed as there may be more information required and you may also be required to pay an option fee depending on the agency.
Once your application is accepted it’s not all home and dry then. There is a few things you have to organise before moving into the property. Unfortunately the property manager will not hold your hand through the process. In a similar way if you owned the property electricity and gas supply have to be set up with a new account, this is the tenant’s responsibility. It is also the tenant’s responsibility to find out the companies which facilitate this area. Just an FYI, one of the worst questions to ask a property manager is ‘How much would the bills be?’ This depends on the available services and how much you use. It is also the tenant’s responsibility to set up any broadband accounts or TV packages you chose to set up. By all means let your Property Manager know that the Wi-Fi isn’t working but be prepared for an interesting response. It also goes without saying that you should organise any services from your existing property to be discussed.
Unfortunately Australia Post does not receive regular updates when you move house, although that would be a useful tool. It is the responsibility of the tenant to organise redirection of any mail. It is NOT the responsibility of a tenant to forward any mail from previous tenants, although this may be a request.
A final point to highlight is to organise or update any insurances you have. If you are moving from a house to an apartment with underground parking this may have an impact on your insurance coverage. The security of your new residence may also affect your home and contents insurance.
Now comes the fun part, packing, moving and unpacking however if you need this sort of information from a blog then I think we have a problem…