Choosing a rental property
Your rental could be your home for a number of years, so it's
worth taking time to ensure you get one that suits you. Here's a
checklist of things to consider:
Price: How much can you afford to pay in rent?
Is this realistic for what you hope to get?
Suburb: Do you have a specific suburb where you
want to live? (For schools or to be close to work, or for any other
Are there any suburbs where you definitely
don't want to live?
It's good to have a list of suburbs drawn up before you start
Number of rooms: Sometimes it's a matter of
striking a balance between the number of rooms you'd really like,
and the rent that you want to pay.
Children: Kids need safe spaces to play.
Consider whether you want a fenced section or one that's away from
Some people want their kids to go to specific schools. In that
case, you'll need a home in that school's zone.
Transport: Do you or your family use public
transport frequently? You'll want to be close to a good bus or
train route then.
Garaging: How many cars do you have? Do you
want them to be under cover? Under locked cover (like a garage)? If
you have two or more cars, consider whether tandem parking (where
one car parks behind the other in a driveway) will drive you crazy