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 In Lifestyle Property Management

How to Make Your ‘Essentials List’

Your essentials list should take into account not only the home itself, but the area it’s in and lifestyle you want to have. There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a new rental.

Parking, air conditioning, location, double glazed windows? There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a new rental.

It can be an overwhelming process, and if you aren’t adequately prepared, you could move into your new home and find that it’s missing something you later consider vital.

Lucy Arter, from Marshall White’s property management team, advises prior to attending open inspections, tenants write a list of essential features for their home and tick them off as they assess properties.

Common essentials that may be missed include fridge and washing machine space, parking, fly screens or the type of heating and cooling provided in the home. Lucy recommends taking your time when inspecting potential rentals.

‘Tenants should inspect the home properly, write notes, take measurements and extra photos,’ she says. ‘Every person who is going to live in the home should inspect it before signing the lease, and we also recommend bringing an objective third party along to provide a second opinion.’

Taking measurements is a particularly crucial step. It’s not enough to check the property has a parking space, you need to be certain that your car will fit in the space.

Your essentials list should take into account not only the home itself, but the area it’s in and lifestyle you want to have.

Your essentials list should take into account not only the home itself, but the area it’s in and lifestyle you want to have.

Do you want to live somewhere bustling with activity and nightlife, or a quiet and peaceful location? Is the home situated near public transport, a supermarket, friends and family, or a rejuvenating outdoor space?

If you realise after you’ve moved in that your home is missing something essential, Lucy says not to panic.

‘Allow yourself to settle in,’ she advises. ‘Moving can be stressful and tiring, and occasionally new renters just need time to adjust.’

‘If you still have concerns, make a list of what you want your home to have and your property manager may be able to offer suggestions or in some cases speak to the owner on your behalf.’

If you have any queries regarding property management or leasing, please contact our Marshall White Property Management Team who will be happy to assist. For more information contact us on (03) 9822 8711.

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