If you’re looking for the perfect rental it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. Which features are a must and which are just nice to have?
Here’s a quick guide to what to look for in a great rental property.
Finding the perfect rental home can be tricky. Picture: Getty
If the rental property is located in a building, how do you access common areas such as the carpark and the entrance?
Ring around for quotes on contents insurance for properties you’re interested in, to help you assess any risks associated with those rentals.
Can you get through summer without aircon? Do you need heating for winter as well? Picture: Getty
For most, air conditioning is a must-have to get through long Australian summers. What kind of aircon system does the property have and is it new or old?
Is there heating? Do you think you’ll need a heater?
Just remember, older systems may require more power, which could lead to higher energy bills.
Is there enough room for all of your clothes? Picture: Chris L Jones
You need to check that there are plenty of cupboards so that you won’t struggle to fit all of your things into this rental.
Garden and terraces areas are a great, just work out which area you’d be responsible for maintaining. Picture: Jason Hodges
Garden or terrace areas in a rental are great for entertaining and enjoying your space.
Check if your dream rental has an outdoor space and ask the agent whose responsibility it is to maintain the area.
For those with furry friends, ask the agent at the inspection if it’s OK to have a pet at the property.
If you’re in Victoria, the Andrews Government’s proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Actshould make it easier for you to find a rental that allows pets.
Adding a pet resume to your application can help convince the landlord that your pet is unlikely to damage the property.