When should I start looking for a new home to rent

Post date: 31, May 2019

To ease some of the stress that can come with house hunting, has a few tips to help you through the timing phase of your property search.

When should I start looking for a home to rent?

If your current rental arrangment is coming to an end and you need to find a new place to live, timing will be most important to you. Consider starting to actively search for your next rental property on around four weeks before you need to move.

Rental properties come on and off by the hundreds every day. If you find a great property today, it may not necessarily be available when you’re ready to move.

That said, it’s a smart idea to start your search earlier in the process to get a feel for the types of properties available in your preferred areas and what your needs are.

Are you looking for a town that’s more family-friendly? Or would you prefer an apartment close to the shops and transport? Do you have a pet? Searching through the available listings will help you get some perspective on the kind of life you want and where you see yourself in future.


Think about your budget

Renting a property, whether by choice or situation is an important stage of your life. Each part of the renting process comes with a price tag, whether paying your security bond or paying rent on time.

Practice good money habits before and after you begin living in a new apartment so you can keep your finances in good order. 


 Get outside and explore

While it would be nice to be able to trust every photo you see online, you can’t assume they mirror what a rental property looks like in person.

When you go to a rental viewing, try to get a feel for the neighbourhood. How far is it from the shops or market?  Are you surrounded by young singles or families? Checking out the area before you move in will eliminate any nasty surprises. 

Review your lease

Read it once, read it twice and read it one more time. It’s better to go over a lease a hundred times before signing than to be stuck in an unfortunate situation. Consider the legal requirements for both landlords and tenants, and make sure that your lease reflects these.