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Tips on finding a rental when you're new to a city

28 Nov 13

Relocating to a new city can be daunting enough as it is, not to mention stressful. Add in the task of finding a rental home to live in and it can sometimes start to feel overwhelming.

Thankfully, there are ways you can prepare yourself to make finding a new home much easier. Follow these real estate tips to help you settle into somewhere special.

Research the area

If you're moving for a new job, take a look at suburbs surrounding your new office for potential neighbourhoods. Unless you love commuting, there's no point moving for work and then renting a house an hour away from your new office?.

If you fall in love with a property that's a bit further away from work than you'd like, look into public transport options in the area. Adelaide has trains, trams and buses servicing surrounding areas regularly, so you might find an out of reach home is more accessible than you think.

Compare prices

Before you rush into signing a lease, take the time to compare the price of your new place with others of similar calibre in the area. Look at other listings to make sure you're getting a fair deal on the home before you commit to anything. This will also allow you to check out other homes you may end up liking more than the one you initially wanted.

Come prepared

Many real estate agents and property managers will require references as part of your application process. It's likely they'll ask you to fill out forms and provide other information before you can apply to rent a property, so make sure you have all these details on hand to speed up the process.

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